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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