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The Quitting Smoking Timeline of Health Effects

The Quitting Smoking Timeline of Health Effects

The Quitting Smoking Timeline of Health Effects

  • Within 20 minutes: your blood pressure and heart rate drop
  • Within 12 hours: the carbon monoxide level in your blood return to normal
  • Within 3 weeks: physical withdrawal symptoms ease
  • Within 3 months: heart attack risk drops; breathing and lung function improve
  • Within 9 months: you cough less and have less shortness of breath
  • Within 1-2 years: your risk of heart attack and stroke are cut in half
  • Within 5 years: your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder are cut in half, and your risk of cervical cancer and stroke return to normal
  • Within 10 years: you are half as likely to die from lung cancer; your risk of larynx or pancreatic cancer decreases
  • Within 15 years: your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a nonsmoker’s