Benefits to Quitting Smoking

There are many immediate and long-term benefits to quitting smoking. Participants will immediately see positive changes in their lives along with the assurance of future benefits.


The following health improvements will take place after quitting smoking:

    • In 20 minutes blood pressure drops back to normal.

    • In 8 hours the carbon monoxide levels in the blood stream drop by half. Oxygen levels return to normal.

    • In 48 hours the chance of having a heart attack decreases. All nicotine has left the body. The sense of taste and smell return to a normal level.

    • In 72 hours the bronchial tubes relax and energy levels increase.

    • In 2 weeks circulation increases and continues to improve for the next 10 weeks.

    • In 3-9 months coughs, wheezing, and breathing problems dissipate as lung capacity improves by 10%.

    • In 1 year the risk of having a heart attack drops by half.

    • In 5 years the risk of having a stroke returns to that of a non-smoker.

    • In 10 years the risk of lung cancer returns to that of a non-smoker.

    • In 15 years the risk of heart attack returns to that of a non-smoker.


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