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Benefits of Quitting

  • If you stop smoking before the onset of irreversible heart and circulatory disease, your body will begin to repair itself. Repair begins almost immediately.
  • The risk of tooth loss decreases after quitting smoking.
  • Within 20 minutes of quitting: blood pressure, pulse, and the temperature in your hands and feet all return to normal.
  • Within 8 hours: the carbon monoxide and oxygen levels in your blood return to normal; and smoker's breath disappears.
  • Within 24 hours: carbon monoxide will be eliminated from body, lungs begin to clear out mucus and smoking debris.
  • Within 72 hours: lung capacity will have increased and you'll find it's easier to breathe.
  • Within 3-9 months: lung function is increased up to 10%, coughing and wheezing problems will improve; sinus congestion will be alleviated.
  • Within 1 year: your risk of heart disease is about one-half that of a smoker.
  • Within 10 years: risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker.
  • Within 15 years: your risk of heart disease is the same as that of a person who never smoked.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Other Products and Services to Help You Quit

Smoking and Oral Health

Tips to Stay Smoke Free at Work

Eat Well and Keep Weight Off When You Quit

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