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Benefits & Rewards of Quitting Tobacco

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

There are many health benefits to quitting tobacco. Some of the benefits happen within the first 20 minutes after you stop smoking.

  • 20 Minutes

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

  • 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 decrease.

  • 1 Year

    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.