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Benefits of Quitting Smoking
Once you quit smoking, your body starts on a path toward full recovery

Source: A newspaper article written about a drug store in Kent, Ohio, that was shutting down. This prompted an analysis of what one of their proudest accomplishments was: they stopped selling cigarettes years ago and started handing out this flyer to all their interested customers. Similar facts are cited at

This web site:

The ways your body begins to repair itself as soon as a person quits smoking follows this time line:

  1. 20 minutes Your blood pressure, heart rate and temperature of your hands and feet become normal.

  2. 8 hours: oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in your blood become normal.

  3. 1 day: Your risk of heart attack begins to decrease.

  4. 2 days: Your sense of smell and taste improves. Nerve endings start to re-grow. Mucus in your airways begins to break up and clear out of your lungs.

  5. 2 weeks to 3 months: Your circulation becomes better and breathing improves. It becomes easier to walk.

  6. 1 to 9 months: Coughing, sinus congestion, shortness of breath and fatigue decrease and you have more energy.

  7. 1 year: Your risk of heart disease is now less than half of what it was a year ago.

  8. 5 years: Your risks of cancer of the lung, mouth, throat and esophagus are less than half-of-a-pack-a-day smoker.

  9. 10 years: Your risk of dying of lung cancer is now similar to nonsmokers. Pre-cancerous cells have been replaced.

  10. 15 years: You are at no more risk of heart disease than if you never smoked


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