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What are the benefits of quitting smoking?

The beneficial effects on health:

  • After 20 minutes, the heart rate decreases and blood pressure drops.

  • Within 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

  • After 2-12 weeks, improves blood circulation and increases lung function.

  • In 1-9 months, coughing and shortness of breath decrease.

  • In 1 year, the risk of coronary heart disease is 50% lower than that of a smoker.

  • In 5 years, the risk of stroke corresponds to that of a non-smoker between 5 and 15 years after quitting smoking.

  • In 10 years, the risk of lung cancer decreases to 50% that of a smoker, and the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder and pancreas also decreases.

  • In 15 years, the risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker.

Can people of any age who already have health problems related to tobacco use benefit from quitting smoking?

Benefits for those who continue to smoke:

  • Around 30 years of age: almost 10 years of life expectancy are gained.

  • Around 40 years of age: 9 years of life expectancy is gained.

  • Around 50 years of age: 6 years of life expectancy is gained.

  • Around 60 years of age: 3 years of life expectancy is gained.

  • After a life-threatening illness has been declared: quick benefit; People who quit smoking after having a heart attack have a 50% lower chance of having another heart attack.

How does quitting smoking affect children who are exposed to passive smoking?

Quitting smoking reduces the additional risk of many diseases related to passive smoking in children, such as respiratory diseases (for example, asthma), and otitis.

Are there other benefits to quitting smoking?

Quitting smoking decreases the likelihood of impotence, of having difficulty getting pregnant, having premature births, children who are underweight at birth, or miscarriages.


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