Benefits of Quitting Smoking

Your body starts to heal just 20 minutes after your last cigarette:

20 minutes = your heart rate drops to a normal level

8 hours = carbon monoxide levels drop; oxygen levels increase

48 hours = sense of smell and taste improve

72 hours = lung capacity increases & bronchial tubes relax making breathing easier

2 weeks = nicotine is removed from your body

3 months = circulation improves and lung function increases by up to 30%

6 months = coughing, sinus congestion, tiredness and shortness of breath diminish

1 year = risk of coronary heart disease is reduced by 1/2

10 years = risk of dying from lung cancer is reduced by 1/2

15 years = risk of dying from heart attack is equal to a someone who has never smoked

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