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Benefits of Quitting Smoking

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Quit Smoking Timeline

The benefits of quitting tobacco begin right away. Here’s what happens to your body after you quit smoking:

Time Since Quitting Benefit
20 minutes Your heart rate returns to normal.
8 hours Carbon monoxide leaves your system and your oxygen level returns to normal.
24 hours Your chance of having a heart attack drops.
48 hours Your ability to smell and taste improves.
72 hours Your lung capacity increases and breathing becomes easier.
2 weeks – 3 months Your circulation improves and your lungs become stronger.
1 month – 9 months The lining of your lungs begins to re-grow, fatigue and shortness of breath start to go away and your overall energy level goes up.
5 years Your chance of dying from lung cancer drops by almost half.
10 years Your chance of dying from lung cancer is about the same as someone who never smoked.

Calculate Your Quit Smoking Savings

Here’s how to calculate how much you’ll save by quitting tobacco:

  1. Start with how much you spend on tobacco a week: $____
  2. Multiply by 52 = $____ in savings a year
  3. Multiply by 5 = $____ in savings over 5 years
  4. Multiply by 4 = $____ in savings over 20 years

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