We often talk about the reasons one should quit smoking in terms of health benefits over time. While this is certainly true, there’s much to be gained in the short term as well. You don’t have to wait years to enjoy the benefits of a smoke-free lifestyle. When you quit, you will start noticing changes immediately:
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure due to smoking begins to return to normal.
- Sense of smell improves and food tastes better.
- Levels of carbon monoxide in the blood decline within hours of quitting, improving the blood’s ability to carry oxygen.
- You will be able to breathe better as lung function usually improves significantly within months of quitting.
- You will no longer expose friends and family to dangerous secondhand smoke.
- You will save money—not only the price of cigarettes, but also on potentially higher insurance and healthcare costs related to smoking. To view and track how much money you’re saving when you quit smoking, log in to the Quit Companion now.
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When you quit smoking, your risk of stroke decreases steadily. Former smokers have the same stroke risk as nonsmokers after 5 to 15 years.