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Benefits of Quitting



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.