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Why is quitting advisable?

By choosing to quit, you choose life for yourself and your loved ones.

Your life starts changing as soon as you quit smoking – to know more about the positive effects of quitting smoking on your body, click on the icons shown below.

  • Immediately
    1. Air around you is no longer dangerous to children and other adults
  • In 20 minutes
    In 20 minutes
    1. Blood pressure drops to normal
    2. Pulse rate drops to normal
    3. Temperature in the hands and feet increases to normal
  • In 8 hours
    In 8 hours
    1. Carbon monoxide level in the blood drops to normal
    2. Oxygen level in the blood increases to normal
  • In 48 hours
    In 48 hours
    1. Nerve endings start regrowing
    2. Ability to smell and taste is enhanced
  • In 2-12 weeks
    In 2-12 weeks
    1. Circulation improves
    2. Breathing improves
    3. Walking becomes easier
  • In 1–9 months
    In 1–9 months
    1. Coughing and sinus congestion decreases
    2. Shortness of breath decreases
    3. Overall energy increases
    4. The ability of the lungs to self-clean and reduce infection increases
  • In 1 year
    In 1 year
    1. Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker
  • In 5 years
    In 5 years
    1. Stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker
    2. Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus is half that of a smoker
  • In 10 years
    In 10 years
    1. Life expectancy is comparable to a non-smoker
    2. Lung cancer death rate is about half the rate of a smoker
    3. Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidneys and pancreas decreases
    4. Precancerous cells are replaced
  • In 15 years
    In 15 years
    1. Risk of coronary heart disease comparable to that of a non-smoker

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  1. JAMA. 2008; 299(17):2112.