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Health Benefits of Quitting

Tobacco use is a risk factor for many chronic diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, lung disease and diabetes. Tobacco use causes immediate damage. But the good news is that within 20 minutes of quitting, the body begins to repair itself, and the healing process continues for years after the last cigarette.

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20 minutes after quitting, blood pressure and heart rate drop to a level close to what they were before the last cigarette.

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8 hours after quitting, carbon monoxide levels in the body drop to a normal level.

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24 hours after quitting, the chance of a heart attack begins to decrease.

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3 months after quitting, lung function begins to improve.

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9 months after quitting, coughing and shortness of breath decrease.

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1 year after quitting, your risk of a heart attack drops sharply.

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5 years after quitting, your stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker’s, and your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus and bladder are cut in half.

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10 years after quitting, your risk of dying from lung cancer is cut in half.

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15 years after quitting, your risk of coronary heart disease is back to that of a non-smoker’s.

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Office on Tobacco and Health

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