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Why Quit Smoking?

When Smokers Quit – What Are the Benefits Over Time?

20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate and blood pressure drops.

12 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.

1 to 9 months after quitting: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.

1 year after quitting: The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker's.

5 years after quitting: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5 to 15 years after quitting.

10 years after quitting: The lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker's. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decrease.

15 years after quitting: The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker's.

Visible and Immediate Rewards of Quitting

Quitting helps stop the damaging effects of tobacco on your appearance including:

  • Premature wrinkling of the skin
  • Bad breath
  • Stained teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Bad smelling clothes and hair
  • Yellow fingernails

Kicking the tobacco habit offers benefits that you'll notice immediately and some that will develop gradually over time. These rewards can improve your day-to-day life immensely.

  • Food tastes better.
  • Your sense of smell returns to normal
  • Ordinary activities no longer leave you out of breath (for example, climbing stairs or light housework)

The prospect of better health is a major reason for quitting, but there are others as well.

Article was taken from: http://www.cancer.org/

Check out HAP’s Tobbacco Cessation Program.

Check out HAP’s I-Strive on-line program to help you quit.

Check out Henry Ford Health System’s Tobbacco Cessation Program.

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