The Great American Smokeout 2016: Health Benefits When A Smoker Quits

Smoking is still one of the leading kills in America today.
Need reason to quit? Here is a timeline of how your body will be once you start the recovery process (this information comes from the American Cancer Society and other infographics)

  • 2o Minutes: your rate and blood pressure drops
  • 12 Hours: the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal
  • 2 Weeks to 3 Months: Your circulations improves, and your lung infection increases
  • 1-9 months: Coughing and shortness of breath decreases
  • 1 year: The excess risk of coronary heart disease drops
  • 5 years: Risk of mouth, throat, esophagus and bladder cancer is cut in half.
  • 10 years: Risk of lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking, as does larynx and pancreas cancer.
  • 15 years: Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker

As you can see, the healing process once one begins to stop smoking is quick and beneficial.

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