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Changes When You Quit

  • Within 20 minutes of last cigarette:

    • blood pressure drops to normal
    • pulse rate drops to normal rate
    • body temperature of hands and feet increases to normal

  • After eight hours:

    • carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
    • oxygen level in blood increases to normal

  • After 24 hours:

    • chances of heart attack decrease
  • After 48 hours:

    • nerve endings in the mouth and nose start to regrow
    • ability to taste and smell improves

  • After 72 hours:

    • bronchial tubes relax, making breathing easier
    • lung capacity increases
  • Two weeks to three months:

    • circulation improves
    • walking becomes easier
    • lung function increase up to 30%
  • One to nine months:

    • coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease
    • cilia regrow in lungs, increasing ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs and reduce infection
    • body's overall energy level increases

  • Five years:

    • lung cancer death rate for average smoker decrease from 137 per 100,000 people to 72 per 100,000 people
  • Ten years:

    • pre-cancerous cells are replaced with normal cells
    • risks of other cancers, such as those of the mouth, voice box, esophagus, kidney and pancreas decrease

All these benefits are lost when you smoke just one cigarette a day!!!

Quitline Iowa

The Quitline offers 2-weeks of free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches or gum) to everyone who calls (except Medicaid clients, who have better benefits).

1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)