Your Body Will Forgive You
Every woman has her own reasons for smoking. Every woman can find her own way of quitting and staying smoke-free— in her own time.
|30 minutes after you quit:||blood pressure, heart rate, and the temperature of your hands and feet become normal.|
|12 hours after you quit:||carbon monoxide and oxygen levels in the blood return to normal.|
|48 hours after you quit:||your sense of taste and smell start to return to normal levels.|
|72 hours after you quit:||bronchial tubes relax and breathing is easier.|
|1 week after you quit:||nicotine is flushed from your body.|
|2 weeks after you quit:||circulation, breathing, and lung function improve.|
|1 month after you quit:||coughing, sinus congestion, and shortness of breath decrease.|
|2 years after you quit:||your risk of heart attack drops to that of a woman who has never smoked.|
|5 years after you quit:||your risk of stroke drops to normal; risk of lung cancer decreases by half.|
|10 years after you quit:||the risk of most types of cancer drops to normal.|
|20 years after you quit:||the risk of dying due to smoking-related causes is similar to that of women who have never smoked!|
Adapted from: Holmberg-Schwartz, D. (1997) Catching our breath: A journal about change for women who smoke. Winnipeg, MB: Women’s Health Clinic. and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2004) The Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health.