20 Minutes of Quitting
Within 20 minutes after you smoke that last cigarette, your body begins a series of changes that
continue for years.
20 Minutes After Quitting
Your heart rate drops.
12 hours After Quitting
Carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
2 Weeks to 3 Months
heart attack risk begins to drop. Your lung function begins to improve.
1 to 9 Months After Quitting
Your coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
1 Year After Quitting
Your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
5 Years After Quitting
Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker’s 5-15 years
10 Years After Quitting
Your lung cancer
death rate is about half that of a smoker’s. Your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney,
and pancreas decreases.
15 Years After
Your risk of coronary heart disease is back to
that of a nonsmoker’s.