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No Smoking

Isn't It About TIME to Stop Smoking?

When Smokers Quit

The Health Benefits Over Time


20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate and blood pressure drops.

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

2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.

1 to 9 months after quitting: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; lung function improves, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.

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

5 years after quitting: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5 to 15 years after quitting.

10 years after quitting: The lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker's. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decrease.

15 years after quitting: The risk of coronary heart disease is back to that of a non-smoker's.

Interested in Quitting?
For more information and free medication to help fight withdrawal
contact: Smokers' Quitline
for further information: Centers for Disease Control