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Benefits of Quitting

Want to Quit? Here Are Some Facts.

If you’re preparing to quit, or even just thinking about it, consider these facts about tobacco use:
  • Cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, 70 of which cause cancer.
  • One in three cancer deaths are directly linked to smoking.
  • Cutting back or smoking occasionally is not enough. Tobacco smoke causes immediate harm to the body when inhaled.
  • Secondhand smoke kills tens of thousands of non-smokers every year.
  • Breathing chemicals in tobacco smoke changes your blood’s chemistry almost immediately and can cause deadly clots to form.
  • Children exposed to tobacco smoke can develop bronchitis, pneumonia, and ear infections.
  • Children with asthma can have serious, even deadly, asthma attacks from breathing secondhand smoke.

Timeline

Within 20 Minutes of Quitting Your Body Starts to Heal
The more tobacco is used, the more damage it’s done to the body. It’s not too late to quit.
  • 12 hours after quitting carbon monoxide levels in your blood drop to normal
  • Two weeks to three months after quitting heart attack risk drops and lung function improves.
  • One to nine months after quitting coughing and shortness of breath decrease. 
  • After one year the risk of heart attack drops sharply
  • After two to five years the risk of stroke is similar to that of a person who never smoked
  • After five years the risk of mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder cancers are cut in half 
  • In 10 years the risk of lung cancer is cut in half
It’s never too late to quit. Start your journey to a tobacco-free life today.