Benefits of Quitting Smoking

The benefits of quitting for good are countless. Quitting smoking improves your overall health by lowering your risk of diabetes, increasing your blood circulation, and allowing blood vessels and lungs to work to the best of their capacity.

Quitting at any age can reverse many of effects of smoking and can give back years of life that would otherwise be lost if you would continue smoking. Here is what happens to your body when you stop smoking for a day, a week, a year and more.

  • 12 hours: carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal.
  • 2 weeks-3 months: circulation improves, normal lung function increases.
  • 1 - 9 months: coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
  • 1 year: risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker.
  • 2-5 years: stroke risk falls to that of a non smoker.
  • 5 years: risk of mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder cancer is cut in half.
  • 10 years: risk of dying from lung cancer decreases to half that of a smoker.


"Benefits of Quitting Smoking." What Happens When You Quit Smoking? N.p., 19 Apr. 2016. Web. 19 Jan. 2017.