Stop Smoking and Benefit
1/06/2012 | | Share

At 20 minutes after quitting:

  • Blood pressure decreases
  • Pulse rate drops
  • Body temperature of hands and feet increases.

At 8 hours:

  • Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
  • Oxygen level in blood increases to normal

At 24 hours:

At 48 hours:

  • nerve endings begin regrowth
  • ability to smell and taste improves

Between 2 weeks and 3 months:

  • Circulation improves
  • Walking becomes easier
  • Lung function increases

Between 1 to 9 months smoke-free:

Starting as early as a month after you quit smoking, and continuing for the next several months, you may notice significant improvements in these areas:

  • coughing
  • sinus congestion fatigue
  • shortness of breath

At One Year Smoke-Free:

At 5 years smoke-free:

  • from 5 to 15 years after quitting tobacco, stroke risk is reduced to that of people who have never smoked.

At 10 years smoke-free:

  • risk of lung cancer drops to as little as one-half that of continuing smokers
  • risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases
  • risk of ulcers decreases

At 15 years smoke-free:


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