Benefits of quitting smoking is an important step to take towards optimal health. Below is a chart providing hope for smokers. The chart shows the most current statistics on the success of smokers trying to quit smoking.

20 Minutes after Quitting

  • Blood pressure decreases
  • Pulse rate drops
  • Body temp of extremities increases

8 Hours after Quitting

  • Carbon Monoxide lever in blood drops to normal
  • Oxygen level increases to normal

24 Hours after Quitting

  • Chance of heart attack decreases
  • Taste of food returns

48 Hours after Quitting

  • Nerve endings start to re-grow
  • Ability to smell & taste is enhanced

2-3 Months after Quitting

  • Circulation improves
  • Walking becomes easier
  • Lung function increases

3-9 Months after Quitting

  • Nerve endings start to re-grow
  • Ability to smell & taste is enhanced
  • Cough Sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath, decreases

1 Year after Quitting

  • Excessive risk of coronary disease is decreased to ½ that of a smoker

5-10 Years after Quitting

  • Stroke risk is reduced to that of people who never smoked
  • Risk of Lung Cancer drops to as little as ½ of smokers
  • Risk of cancer: Mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney & pancreas decreases

10-15 Years after Quitting

  • Risk of ulcer decreases
  • Risk coronary disease similar to person ho have never smoked
  • Risk of death returns to nearly the level of those who never smoked

 

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