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.

24 Hours After Quitting

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.


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3 Responses

  1. Damn straight! After about 13 years of smoking I quit on my birthday in September of 2005. Cold turkey! That was my birthday present to myself. And I must say that I never felt better.

    And I still have the very last pack I ever bought (still unopened) as a reminder. Ha, how many people don’t even smoke their last pack! 😛

    Shine on,

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