New Year’s Resolutions

Premier Physician Network providers answer Frequently Asked Questions about Being Healthier in the New Year.

How Long After Quitting Smoking Before I See Benefits?

When you quit smoking, you’ll see some health benefits in a matter of minutes and others over time, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

  • In a few minutes - Heart rate and blood pressure begin to return to normal
  • In a few hours – Carbon monoxide level in the blood begins to decline
  • In a few weeks – Circulation improves, less phlegm is produced, less frequent coughing or wheezing
  • In a few months – Lung function substantially improves
  • After one year – Risk of coronary heart disease is cut in half
  • After five years – Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus and bladder are cut in half
  • After 10 years – Risk of dying from lung cancer is cut in half; the risk of larynx or pancreatic cancer decreases
  • After 15 years – Risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a non-smoker’s

Along with the many health benefits that comes from quitting smoking, you’ll also enjoy: no more smoke smell on your hair and clothes, a better sense of smell, more money, healthier skin and more energy.

Talk to your doctor to find out more about the benefits of quitting smoking.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Cindy Smith, MD, West Carrollton Family Medicine; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine