Why Should I Quit Smoking?
20 Minutes After Quitting
Your blood pressure drops to a level close to that before the last cigarette. The temperature of your hands and feet increases to normal.
8 Hours After Quitting
The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
Your chance of heart attack decreases .
2 Weeks To 3 Months After Quitting
Your circulation improves and your lung function increases up to 30%
1 To 9 Months After Quitting
Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs and reduce infection.
1 Year After Quitting
The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
5 Years After Quitting
Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5 – 15 years after quitting.
10 Years After Quitting
The lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker’s. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decrease.
15 Years After Quitting
The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker’s.