Every year in November, the American Cancer Society encourages people across the nation to quite smoking during the Great American Smoke Out event.
By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers take an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk. Did you know how quickly your body begins to recover?
- After 20 minutes: Your heart rate and blood pressure drops.
- After eight hours: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
- After two weeks – three months: Your circulation improves and lung function increases.
- After one – nine months: Coughing, sinus congestion, shortness of breath and fatigue decrease.
- After one year: The risk for heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
- After five years: The risk for cancer of the lung, mouth, throat and esophagus is half that of a pack-a-day smoker.
- After 10 years: The risk of dying from lung cancer is the same as that for people who never smoked.
Set up a personal quit plan
S – Set a quit date.
T – Tell your family about your quit date.
A – Anticipate challenges and overcome them.
R – Remove all tobacco products from your home, work and car.
T – Talk to your doctor about getting more help to quit, which may include medication, support groups and other tools.