The benefits of quitting start right away and keep getting better the longer you go without smoking.
When you stop smoking, within:
- 20 minutes: your blood pressure and heart rate return to normal
- 12 hours: your carbon monoxide levels return to normal
- 2 days: your sense of smell and taste improve
- 2-3 weeks: your coughing and shortness of breath decrease
- 1-9 months: your risk of a heart attack is cut in half
- 5 years: your risk of a stroke is the same as if you were a non-smoker
- 10 years: your risk of dying of lung cancer is cut in half. Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decrease
Set a Quit Date. Pick a date within the next two weeks to quit smoking. Really think about which day will work best. Pick a day when you know you won’t be busy, stressed, or tempted to smoke.