The Big Benefits of Quitting

It's Not Too Late to Quit!

Author: Family Health Services Staff/Sunday, January 20, 2013/Categories: Quit Smoking, Tobacco Control and Prevention, Adult Health, Health Promotion and Education

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20 Minutes after quitting
Your blood pressure and pulse rate drop.

2 Hours after quitting
Nicotine begins to leave your system. Some people may feel withdrawal pangs. This is a good sign. Your body is cleaning itself out. Don't give up. Within two days all the nicotine byproducts will be gone.

12 Hours after quitting
The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

48 Hours after quitting
Your nerve endings start to re-grow and your ability to smell and taste improve. 

72 Hours after quitting
Your bronchial tubes relax, making breathing easier.   

1 to 3 Weeks after quitting
Most withdrawal symptoms decrease after a few days.  Some stop after three days.  Other symptoms slowly decline over the next two to three weeks.

2 Weeks to 3 Months after quitting
Your heart attack risk begins to drop.  Your lung function and circulation improve. 

1 to 9 Months after quitting
Your coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decrease.  The cilia (hairlike cleaning system in the lungs) begin to recover - increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infection.  Your body's overall energy increases. Your lung function can improve by as much as 30%.

1 Year after quitting
Your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker's.

5 to 15 Years after quitting
Your risk of having a stroke is reduced to that of a nonsmoker's.  Your risk of getting cancer of the mouth, throat, and esophagus are half that of a smoker's.  

10 Years after quitting
Your risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a smoker's.  Your risk of getting cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decrease.  

15 Years after quitting

Your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as that of a nonsmoker's.
Click here to view a video on the benefits of quitting.

Other positive Benefits of Quitting smoking include:

  • Your Appearance
  • Not only will you feel better, but you'll also look better. Since smoking stains your teeth, gives you stale breath, and causes wrinkles around the eyes and mouth to appear earlier, the sooner you quit the better.
  • Your Bank Account Also Gets Healthier
  • Giving up cigarettes is like giving yourself a raise. Think about it. If you smoke one pack of cigarettes a day, you could save over $1,400 a year. Imagine what you could do with that money. Nonsmokers also pay much less for life insurance premiums.
  • Your Confidence Soars
  • Few things compare to the sense of satisfaction that you get when you quit smoking. If you can handle quitting smoking, you can handle just about anything!


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