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Within 20 minutes of quitting
  • Published Date:
    2004
  • Source:
    United States. Public Health Service. Office of the Surgeon General. The Health consequences of smoking :what it means to you : the 2004 Surgeon General's report. 2004, p. 32.
  • Language:
    English
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  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center for Chronic Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Office on Smoking and Health.
  • Description:
    Within 20 minutes after you smoke that last cigarette, your body begins a series of changes that continue for years.

    • 20 Minutes After Quitting

    o Your heart rate drops.

    • 12 hours After Quitting

    o Carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

    • 2 Weeks to 3 Months After Quitting

    o Your heart attack risk begins to drop.

    o Your lung function begins to improve.

    • 1 to 9 Months After Quitting

    o Your coughing and shortness of breath decrease.

    • 1 Year After Quitting

    o Your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.

    • 5 Years After Quitting

    o Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker’s 5-15 years after quitting.

    • 10 Years After Quitting

    o Your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker’s.

    o Your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases.

    • 15 Years After Quitting

    o Your risk of coronary heart disease is back to that of a nonsmoker’s.

    Poster from: United States. Public Health Service. Office of the Surgeon General. The Health consequences of smoking :what it means to you : the 2004 Surgeon General's report. 2004, p. 32.

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