Smoking and Tobacco Related Fact – Week 4

Tobacco Free Poster 2014 FINAL

Within 20 minutes of last smoking a cigarette your body starts making healthy changes that will continue for years. Here are some benefits of smoking cessation:

20 minutes after a smoker quits:
Blood pressure and pulse rate drops back to normal

8-12 hours after a smoker quits:
Carbon monoxide in the blood drops to normal and the oxygen level in blood increases to normal

24 hours after a smoker quits:
Risk of a heart attack decreases

2-3 weeks after a smoker quits:
Lung function increases up to 30%

1-9 months after a smoker quits:
Coughing, sinus congestions, fatigue and shortness of breath decreases

1 year after a smoker quits:
Coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s

5-10 years after a smoker quits:
Lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker’s

15 years after a smoker quits:
Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker

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