Quit now, feel the difference

Improvements in your health begin even minutes after quitting, even if you have used tobacco for year

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20 Minutes
Blood pressure and pulse rate decrease.

2 Weeks-3 Months
Circulation improves and lung function increases.

>8 Hours
Carbon monoxide and oxygen levels in the blood return to normal.

1-9 Months
Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease.

1 Day
Risk of a sudden heart attack decreases.

1 Year
Your risk of coronary heart disease is half that of someone who is still smoking.

2 Days
Better sense of taste and smell.

5 Years
Your lung cancer death rate decreases by nearly 50% compared to one-pack-per-day smokers.

See CDC's Tips from Former Smokers featuring real people suffering as a result of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.

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