Benefits of Quitting

When Smokers Quit

20 Minutes  Blood pressure and pulse rate drop to normal; body temperature of hands and feet increase to normal.
8 Hours In the blood, carbon monoxide drops to normal and oxygen increases to normal.
24 Hours Chance of heart attack decreases.
48 Hours Nerve endings start regrowing and ability to smell and taste is enhanced.
2 Weeks – 3 Months Circulation improves, walking is easier and lung function efficiency increases.
1-9 Months Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease.
1 Year Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.
5 Years Lung cancer death rate (1 pack/day smoker) decreases by almost half.¬† Stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker after 5-15 years.¬† Risk of cancer of mouth, throat and esophagus is half that of smoker’s.
10 Years Lung cancer death rate similar to nonsmokers, precancerous cells replaced, risk of cancer of bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases.
15 Years Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker.