Within 20 minutes after you smoke that last cigarette, your body begins a series of changes that continues 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 After Quitting
Your 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 smokers.
* 5 Years After Quitting
Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmokers 5-15 yrs. after quitting.
* 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 Quitting
Your risk of coronary heart disease is back to that of a