Quitting Benefits

Smoking negatively affects every part of your body:
Immediately After Quitting
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:
  • Chance of a heart attack decreases
  • At 48 hours:
  • Nerve endings start re-growing
  • Ability to smell and taste is enhanced
  • First Year After Quitting
    At 2 weeks to 3 months:
  • Circulation improves
  • Walking becomes easier
  • Lung function increases
  • 1 to 9 months:
  • Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decreases
  • 1 Year
  • Excess risk of coronary heart disease is decreased to half that of a smoker
  • Long Term Benefits of Quitting
    At 5 Years:
  • From 5 to 15 years after quitting, stroke risk is reduced to that of people who have never smoked.
  • At 10 Years:
  • 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 ulcer decreases
  • At 15 years:
  • Risk of coronary heart disease is now similar to that of people who have never smoked
  • Risk of death returns to nearly the level of people who have never smoked
  • Source: American Lung Association, 2004