Health Benefits of Quitting

Quitting smoking is the most important step you can take to immediately improve your health

  • After 20 minutes, heart rate and blood pressure drop.
  • After 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in blood begins to drop.
  • After 2 weeks to 3 months, circulation improves and lung function increases.
  • After a year, the excess risk of heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker's.
  • After 15 years, the risk of heart disease is the same as a nonsmoker's.