A timeline of some health benefits you have to look forward to:

There are many health benefits to quitting smoking. Some of the benefits happen within the first 20 minutes after you stop smoking. Click on the timeline below to read more about the health benefits of quitting.

20 Minutes

20 Minutes

Twenty minutes after stopping smoking, your heart rate becomes normal.

12 Hours

12 Hours

Twelve hours after stopping smoking, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

2 Weeks

Two weeks to three months after stopping smoking, your coughing and shortness of breath decreases.

1 Year After

One year after stopping smoking, your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker's.

5 to 15 Years

Five to 15 years after stopping smoking, your risk of having a stroke is reduced to that of someone who doesn't smoke.

10 Years After Stopping

Ten years after stopping smoking, your chance of death by lung cancer is about half that of a smoker's. Your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decrease.

The Benefits and Rewards Of Quitting Smoking (body text)

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