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Do You Know The Wonderful Effects Of Quitting Smoking?

Aug 04, 2014 | Posted in News

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You probably know the effects of smoking.

But do you know the wonderful effects of quitting?

  • In 20 minutes, your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
  • In 12 hours, your blood's carbon monoxide level returns to normal.
  • In 2 weeks to 3 months, your circulation improves and lung function increases.
  • In 1 to 9 months, coughing and shortness of breath decrease, and your lungs regain the ability to clean themselves and reduce the risk of infection.
  • In 1 year, your excess risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker.
  • In 5 years to 15 years, your risk for a stroke is reduced to that of a nonsmoker.
  • In 10 years, your risk for lung cancer is just half that of a smoker, and your risk for several other cancers decreases too.
  • In 15 years, your risk of heart disease is the same as a nonsmoker's.

And there's more: You'll feel better, breathe easier, have more energy, regain your senses of smell and taste, enjoy whiter teeth an fresher breath, have fewer wrinkles, lower your risk for cataracts, be proud of your accomplishment, and inspire those around you.

If you're a smoker, quitting is the very best thing you can do for your health. No matter what your age and how long you've smoked, quitting can help you live longer and healthier.

Information from UPMC Health Plan.

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