No matter how old you are, how long you have smoked, or even if you already have a smoking-related disease, smoking cessation has major and immediate health benefits for men and women, including:
  • 20 minutes after quitting your pulse rate slows down and blood pressure drops towards normal.
  • Within hours the level of carbon monoxide in your blood drops, enabling your blood to carry more oxygen.
  • Two days after quitting, nerve endings begin to recover and your sense of smell and taste begin to improve.
  • Lung volume increases within 72 hours.
  • Within months after quitting, shortness of breath diminishes.
  • In the first year, the risk of heart attack attributed to smoking declines for both men and women.
  • Two to three years after quitting, the risk of heart attack attributed to smoking is virtually gone.
  • After 10 years, the risk of developing cancer is about the same as for nonsmokers.
(Information excerpted from Smoking Cessation brochure provided by France Avenue Family Physicians)