Human Resources

Smoking Cessation

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Did you know that if you quit smoking now…

  • After 20 Minutes your blood pressure, pulse rate, and body temperature return to normal.
  • After 8 Hours your body starts to heal itself—the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal while your oxygen level increases to normal.
  • After 24 Hours your chance of heart attack decreases.
  • After 48 Hours your nerve endings begin to regenerate and your sense of taste and smell improve.
  • After 72 Hours your bronchial tubes relax, lung capacity increases, and breathing becomes easier.
  • After 2 Weeks to 3 Months your circulation improves, physical activity becomes easier, and lung function increases up to 30%.
  • After 1 to 9 Months cilia reactivate in your lungs, cleaning your lungs, reducing infection, and increasing your lungs—ability to handle mucous. Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease and your body’s overall energy level increases.
  • After 5 Years your chance of dying from lung cancer decreases. At this point, the lung cancer death rate for the average former smoker decreases from 137 deaths per 100,000 people to 72 per 100,000 people—almost a 50% reduction.
  • After 10 Years your chance of dying from lung cancer continues to decrease. At this point, the lung cancer death rate for the average former smoker drops to nearly the rate for non-smokers—12 deaths per 100,000 people. Your risk for other cancers, such as mouth, larynx, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas also decreases.

(Information courtesy of Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators, Inc.)