The Benefits of Stopping Smoking

After just 20 Minutes:

  • your blood pressure decreases
  • pulse rate drops
  • body temperature of hands and feet increases

In 8 hours:

  • carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
  • oxygen level in blood increases to normal

24 hours:

  • chance of a heart attack decreases

48 hours:

  • nerve endings start regrowing
  • ability to smell and taste is enhanced

2 Weeks to 3 Months:

  • circulation improves
  • walking becomes easier
  • lung function increases

1 to 9 Months

  • coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decreases

1 Year

  • excess risk of coronary heart disease is decreased to half that of a smoker

5 Years

  • from 5 to 15 years after quitting, stroke risk is reduced to that of people who have never smoked.

10 Years

  • risk of lung cancer drops to as little as one-half that of continuing smokers
  • risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases
  • risk of ulcer decreases

15 Years

  • risk of coronary heart disease is now similar to that of people who have never smoked
  • risk of death returns to nearly the level of people who have never smoked

Benefits