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Benefits of Quitting Smoking

The following table shows the benefits of quitting, and how quickly you might hope to reap them:

Length of Time After Quitting Benefit
Immediately You are way cooler than when you were a smoker! Everybody likes you even more.
30 minutes Pulse and blood pressure return to normal; temperature of extremities (fingers/toes) raises to normal.
1 day Improvements in heart tissue, blood pressure and blood quality. CO2 levels in blood decrease to normal. Your clothes, hair, and breath don’t stink.
2 days Sense of smell and taste rebound; sensory nerve endings begin to grow back.
3 days Bronchial tubes relax; breathing becomes easier; lung capacity increases.
2 weeks to 3 months Lung ability increases by as much as 30%; blood circulation improves.
1 to 9 months Body’s energy level increases; lungs increase their ability to handle mucus, reduce infection, and clean themselves; decrease in sinus congestion, coughing, fatigue, shortness of breath.
1 year Risk of coronary heart disease reduced to ½ that of continuing smokers.
5+ years Risk of stroke is reduced to that of never-smokers.
10 years Risk of lung cancer reduced to less than ½ that of continuing smokers; risks of many other cancers also decrease; death rate from lung cancer about equal to that of non-smokers; pre-cancerous cells in body replaced.
15 years Risk of coronary heart disease is similar to that of never-smokers; overall risk of death is nearly the same as never-smokers – especially is the smoker quits before illness develops. SO QUIT NOW WHILE YOU’RE STILL HEALTHY! (...We hope you’re still healthy!)