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You will feel the benefits of quitting straight away as your body repairs itself. Depending on the number of cigarettes you have smoked, typical benefits of stopping are:
- TWENTY-FOUR HOURS the level of carbon monoxide in your blood has dropped dramatically. You now have more oxygen in your bloodstream.
- DAYS your sense of taste and smell improves.
- A MONTH your blood pressure returns to its normal level and your immune system begins to show signs of recovery.
- TWO MONTHS your lungs will no longer be producing extra phlegm caused by smoking. Stopping smoking reduces the incidence and progression of lung disease including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
- TWELVE MONTHS your increased risk of dying from heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker.
- TEN YEARS of stopping your risk of lung cancer is less than half that of a continuing smoker and continues to decline (provided the disease is not already present).
- FIFTEEN YEARS your risk of heart attack and stroke is almost the same as that of a person who has never smoked.
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