Congratulations on your decision to stop smoking. Cigarette smoking
is responsible every year for approximately 130,000 deaths from cancer, 170,000 deaths from heart disease, and 50,000 deaths
from lung disease.
Ever Wonder What Happens to Your
Body the Moment You Stop Smoking?
Within 20 minutes of smoking that last cigarette, the body begins a series of changes
that continues for years.
pressure drops to normal.
- Pulse rate drops to normal.
- Body temperature of hands and feet increases to normal.
- Carbon monoxide
level in blood drops to normal.
- Oxygen level in blood increases to normal.
of heart attack decreases.
- Nerve endings
- Ability to smell and taste is enhanced.
2 WEEKS TO 3 MONTHS
- Walking becomes easier.
function increases up to 30%.
1 TO 9 MONTHS
sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease.
- Cilia re-grow in
lungs, increasing ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infection.
overall energy increases.
- Excess risk
of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.
- Lung cancer
death rate for average smoker (one pack a day) decreases by almost half.
risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5-15 years after quitting.
- Risk of cancer
of the mouth, throat and esophagus is half that of a smoker's.
- Lung cancer
death rate similar to that of nonsmokers.
- Pre-cancerous cells are replaced.
- Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases.
- Risk of coronary
heart disease is that of a nonsmoker.