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.