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Smoking adds to stress

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“My name is Rebecca. I struggled with depression for years. I also smoked. That was my world. Finally, I realized that smoking wasn't helping me. It was making my life worse. So I took control and I quit. Now I'm able to run again and take walks with my grandkids. My tip is there is another world out there. And it's a beautiful place to be.”

You can quit. 

For free help, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW. Check out local quitting resources.

Benefits and Milestones of Quitting

Your body starts to recover from smoking within 20 minutes of quitting, according to the American Heart Association and the U.S. Surgeon General. Here’s how your body can benefit from quitting: 

  • In your first 20 minutes after quitting: your blood pressure and heart rate recover from the cigarette-induced spike.

  • After 12 hours of smoke-free living: the carbon monoxide levels in your blood return to normal.

  • After two weeks to three months of smoke-free living: your circulation and lung function begin to improve.

  • After one to nine months of smoke-free living: clear and deeper breathing gradually return as coughing and shortness of breath lessens; you regain the ability to cough productively instead of hacking, cleaning your lungs and reducing your risk of infection.

  • One year after quitting smoking: a person's risk of coronary heart disease is reduced by 50%.

  • Five to 15 years after quitting smoking: a person's risk of stroke is similar to that of a nonsmoker.

  • After 10 years of smoke-free living: your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a person who has continued to smoke. The risk of other cancers, such as throat, mouth, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decreases too.