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Quitting smoking reduces a person's risk of lung cancer, heart attack, stroke, age related dementia, COPD, emphesyma, erectile dysfunction and fertility problems, as well as cancers of the mouth, throat, stomach, bladder, pancreas, breast and colon. Read below to see how a smoker's body starts to heal within 20 minutes of quitting smoking.
Quitting also reduces the likelihood of the nonsmokers in a smoker's life contracting life threatening illness. Secondhand smoke exposure is risk for lung cancer, heart attack, breast cancer, age related dementia, and other illnesses.
The South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative supports a variety of community programs designed to help smokers quit. By serving as a referral source to these programs and participating as workshop providers, we support cessation efforts with the goal of reducing our state’s 22% adult smoking rate.
It is never too late to quit smoking.
When smokers quit, the benefits begin to accrue within twenty minutes of smoking that last cigarette.
At 20 minutes after quitting:
At 8 hours:
At 24 hours:
At 48 hours:
Within 2 weeks to 3 months:
Within 1 to 9 months:
1 year after your last cigarette:
5 to 15 years after your last cigarette:
10 years after your last cigarette:
After 15 years: