Benefits of Short and Long Term Quitting

  • Your blood pressure, pulse, and body temperature, which were abnormally elevated by nicotine, return to normal.Persons taking blood pressure medication should continue doing so until told otherwise by their physician.
  • Your body starts to heal itself. Carbon monoxide and oxygen levels in your blood return to normal.
  • Your chance of having a heart attack goes down.
  • Nerve endings start to regrow. Your ability to taste and smell improves.
  • Your breathing passages (bronchial tubes) relax, lung capacity goes up, and your breathing becomes easier.
  • Your circulation improves and your lungs become stonger, making it easier to walk.
  • Your lungs, the cilia (hairlike structures on the lining) begin to grow, increasing the ability of your lungs to handle mucus, to clean themselves, and to reduce infection. Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease. Your overall energy level increases.
  • Within about one year after quitting, the extra risk of dying form a heart attack caused by smoking is cut by half. Your heart and circulation begin to improve within a few months.
  • Diseases like emphysema and bronchitis are ten times less likely among nonsmokers. These diseases can stabilize or improve when people stop smoking.
  • Within ten years after quitting, your chances of getting lung cancer drop to half of those of a person who continue to smoke.
  • Smokers have an early death rate, 70% higher than those who quit.
  • Diabetics who stop smoking are much less likely to suffer serious effects like heart disease, blindness and stroke.