Why should I quit smoking?

Why should I quit smoking?

There are many health benefits of quitting smoking, starting on day 1.

20 MINUTES After Quitting — Your heart rate may drop

12 HOURS After Quitting — Carbon monoxide levels in the blood may drop to normal

2 WEEKS to 3 MONTHS After Quitting — Your heart attack risk may begin to drop, and your lung function may improve

1 to 9 MONTHS After Quitting - Your coughing and shortness of breath may decrease

1 YEAR After Quitting - Your added risk of coronary heart disease may be half that of a continuing smoker

2 to 5 YEARS After Quitting - Your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder may be halved within 5 years. Your stroke risk may reduce to that of a non-smoker 2 to 5 years after quitting

10 YEARS After Quitting - The risk of dying from lung cancer may be half that of a person who is still smoking. Your risk of cancers of the kidney and pancreas may decrease

15 YEARS After Quitting - Your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as that of a non-smoker

To find more information about the benefits of quitting, visit the Tips & Resources page.