Prevention and Wellness

Benefits of Quitting

Right now is a great time to quit smoking. Why? In as little as 20 minutes, your body starts to heal and you begin to realize the many health benefits the come with being smoke-free, like:

20 minutes after your last cigarette
Your heart rate and blood pressure drop back toward normal levels.

8 hours after your last cigarette
Your blood oxygen level increases to normal.
Your blood carbon monoxide levels drop to normal. (Carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke steals oxygen from your blood cells.)

48 hours after your last cigarette
Your heart attack risk already drops.
Your sense of taste and smell improves.

72 hours after your last cigarette
Your lung capacity increases.
Your bronchial tubes begin to relax and make it easier for you to breathe.

2 weeks to 3 months after your last cigarette
Your circulation improves. (Circulation is constricted by cigarette smoke.)
Lung function increases up to 30%.

1 to 9 months after your last cigarette
Coughing, sinus congestion, and shortness of breath improve.
You have more energy.
Cilia (the tiny hair-like structures in your nose and lungs) begin to re-grow, clearing mucus and other dirt from the lungs and nose, and reducing the risk of infection.

Within 1 year after your last cigarette
Your risk of heart disease decreases to half that of a smoker’s.

Within 5 to 15 years after your last cigarette
Your risk of stroke is reduced to that of a non-smoker.

Within 10 years after your last cigarette
Your risk of lung cancer is one-half that of a smoker’s.
Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decreases.

Within 15 years after your last cigarette
Your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as someone who’s never smoked.
It’s never too late to quit using tobacco.

We can help you stop smoking for good with our free Premier Health stop smoking program  

Source: Premier Health Community Wellness Affiliate - Premier Community Health

Content Updated: September 11, 2013

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