Quitting: Fast Track to Better Health

WITHIN 20 MINUTES: Your blood pressure drops and your pulse returns to normal. The temperature of your hands and feet stabilizes.

AFTER 8 HOURS: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops.

ClockAFTER 24 HOURS: Your chance of having a heart attack decreases.

AFTER 48 HOURS: Your ability to smell and taste improves.

AFTER 72 HOURS: Lung capacity increases and breathing can become easier.

2 WEEKS TO 3 MONTHS: Your circulation improves. Walking becomes easier. Lung function may increase by up to 20%.

1 TO 9 MONTHS: Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath may decrease. Your cilia – those microscopic hairs that line your lungs – may begin to re-grow, which could help clean the lungs and reduce your chance of infection.

1 YEAR: CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve cut your risk of heart disease in half.

CalculatorQUITTING SAVES MORE THAN YOUR LIFE.
How much do you spend on smoking each day, week, month, year? Celebrate your improved health with the money you save.

Check out the Smokers’ Helpline Smoking Calculator at www.smokershelpline.ca for more ways you can save.

THERE ARE LOTS OF REASONS TO QUIT SMOKING. WHAT ARE YOURS?