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* 20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate and blood pressure drops.
* 12 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
* 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
* 1 to 9 months after quitting: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.
* 1 year after quitting: The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker's.
* 5 years after quitting: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5 to 15 years after quitting.
* 10 years after quitting: The lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker's. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decrease.
* 15 years after quitting: The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker's.
I only smoked for about a year and a half, and it was still enough to effect me for the rest of my life. I still get cravings, especially when I'm very overwhelmed with stress. I'll even admit that my last cigarette was not, in fact, five years ago. I screwed up a couple times. By then it had been well over a year, and the taste was enough to remind me why I quit. I know I never would have stuck with it if I hadn't gotten pregnant a month after quitting. Thank you, God, and thank you, Eden!
If you've never done it - seriously, never start. If you're smoking now, you can quit! Save your life, the life of your children, and the health and well-being of everyone around you.
And if you've already quit - congratulations, and Happy Quitday!