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Benefits to Quitting Smoking


Effects of quitting after...

20 minutes
Blood pressure drops to a level close to that before you had your last cigarette.  The temperature of your hands and feet increase to normal.

8 hours
Carbon Monoxide level in the blood drops to normal.


24 hours
Your chance of a heart attack decreases.


2 weeks to 3 months
Circulation improves.  Your lung function increases up to 30%


1 to 9 months
Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease; cilia regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs and reduce infection.


1 year
Your chance of having a heart attack is cut in half.


5 years
Stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker's 5-15 years after quitting.


10 years
Your risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a continuing smoker's; risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decrease.


15 years
Your risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker's.