QUIT SMOKING TIMELINE

A little motivation goes a long way. And this timeline can help you see what you have to look forward to as you continue on your journey to becoming a non-smoker. Click or swipe through the timeline to learn more about the benefits of quitting.

20 Minutes After Quitting

 
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Your heart rate drops.

12 Hours After Quitting

 
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The Carbon Monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

2 Weeks to 3 Months After Quitting

 
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Your heart attack risk begins to drop. Your lung function begins to improve.

1 to 9 Months After Quitting

 
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Your coughing and shortness of breath decrease.

1 Year After Quitting

 
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Your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.

5 Years After Quitting

 
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Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker’s 5-15 years after quitting.

10 Years After Quitting

 
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Your lung cancer death risk is about half that of a smoker’s. Your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases.

15 Years After Quitting

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Your risk of coronary heart disease is back to that of a non-smoker’s.

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