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This is What Happens When you Quit Smoking

Here are all of the benefits you’ll reap from the moment you quit.Smokers who quit, even for just one day, take a crucial step toward a healthier life with a reduced risk of cancer. Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S. Smoking is responsible for nearly one in three cancer deaths. And another 8.6 million people live with serious illnesses caused by smoking. Despite that, nearly 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes.

Quitting the addictive habit may seem like an insurmountable feat and the benefits may seem so far down the road. While smokers who quit at a younger age reduce their health risks more, quitting at any age can give back years of life that could be lost by continuing the habit.

Here are all of the benefits you’ll reap from the moment you quit:

20 minutes after you quit…

Less than 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your heart rate and blood pressure will start returning to normal levels. Yes, really.

12 hours after quitting…

The carbon monoxide levels in your blood drop back to normal.

Two to three months after quitting…

Your lung function increases and your circulation improves.

One to nine months after quitting…

Your coughing and shortness of breath decrease. Your cilia, which are tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs, start to regain normal function in your lungs – that means they have an increased ability to handle mucus, clean your lungs and reduce your risk of infection.

One year after quitting…

Your excess risk of coronary heart disease is now half that of someone who continued smoking.

Five years after quitting…

Your risk of cancer of the throat, mouth, esophagus and bladder are now cut in half. For women, the risk of cervical cancer decreases to that of a non-smoker. And your risk of stroke can fall to that of a non-smoker after two to five years of quitting.

Ten years after quitting…

When you’re cigarette-free for 10 years, your risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking. Your risk of larynx and pancreatic cancer also decreases.

Fifteen years after quitting…

Your risk of coronary heart disease is back to that of a non-smoker’s risk.

But those aren’t the only benefits to your health each day you go smoke-free. Quitting smoking also lowers your risk of diabetes, helps your heart and lungs, and lets your blood vessels work more efficiently. Plus, your breath will smell better, stained teeth get whiter, the smell in clothes and hair go away, food tastes better, the appearance of yellow fingers and fingernails improve, and everyday activities like climbing stairs won’t get you out of breath.

Crozer-Keystone is Smoke-Free

Consistent with our mission to improve the health of our community, the use of tobacco, smokeless tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) is prohibited in Crozer-Keystone facilities and properties.