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From Health Canada’s quit smoking website:

Rewards of Quitting

Almost everyone knows that smoking is bad for you but do you know all the benefits of quitting? For the vast majority of smokers, quitting smoking is the best single thing they can do to improve the length and quality of their lives. Persons who quit smoking immediately begin to reduce their chances of developing heart disease, cancer, breathing problems, infections, or being in an accident.

Former smokers also live longer than those who continue to smoke. For example, those who quit before age 50 have only half the chances of dying in the next 15 years compared with those who continue to smoke.

Women who stop smoking before pregnancy or early in their pregnancy reduce their chances of having a low birth weight baby. Quitting can also reduce the chances of stillbirth, early infant death, and improve the health of the woman.

Within 8 hours – carbon monoxide level drops in your body oxygen level in your blood increases to normal

Within 48 hours – your chances of having a heart attack start to go down sense of smell and taste begin to improve

Within 72 hours – bronchial tubes relax making breathing easier lung capacity increases

Within 2 weeks to 3 months – circulation improves lung functioning increases up to 30 percent

Within 6 months – coughing, sinus congestion, tiredness and shortness of breath improve

Within 1 year – risk of smoking-related heart attack is cut in half

Within 10 years – risk of dying from lung cancer is cut in half

Within 15 years – risk of dying from a heart attack is equal to a person who never smoked.

Go circulation, go! Go lung capacity, go!

cenobyte
cenobyte is a writer, editor, blogger, and super genius from Saskatchewan, Canada.

7 Comments

  1. That is actually a very nice chart. I wasn’t thinking in terms of it giving the ex-smoker some solid goals (only one week until I improve shortness of breath!) rather than only providing motivation to *start* quitting, until the end.Did I mention, “YAYYYY!!”?Also, this is the second time this form has let me start typing, only to delete my sentence or two when it finishes loading. Very frustrating.

  2. Also, in Saskatchewan quitting keeps you from frostbite during the winter! Is there no end to the benefits? :)My Dad quit smoking this year! WooHoo!

  3. Okay, okay already! Universe, you can lay off the quit smoking theme you’ve had lately. I get it.I think I might quit smoking.

i make squee noises when you tell me stuff.

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