avoid-smokingAccording to the literature these are some benefits of avoiding smoking.

Twenty minutes after quitting: Your heart rate Bajan therefore, as your blood pressure.

(“Effect of Smoking on Arterial Stiffness and Pulse Pressure Amplification”, Mahmud, A, Feely, J. 2003. Hypertension: 41:183.)

Twelve hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal.

(U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, 1988, p. 202).

Within 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.

(U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, pp.193, 194,196, 285, 323)

From 1-9 months after quitting: decrease the cough, nasal congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath, the cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) regain normal function in the lungs , which increases their ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs and reduce the risk of infections.

(U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, p. 285-287, 304)

1 year after quitting: The excess risk of coronary heart disease is reduced to half that of a smoker.

(U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, p.vi).

5 years after quitting: 5 to 15 years after you stop smoking, your risk of stroke is reduced to the level of a nonsmoker.

(U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, p.vi).

10 years after quitting: the mortality rate due to lung cancer is reduced to almost half that of a person who continues to smoke. It also decreases the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix and pancreas.

(U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, p. Vi, 131, 148, 152, 155, 164.166)

15 years after quitting: The risk of developing coronary heart disease is the same as that of a nonsmoker.