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From: Nadia (
Subject: This is what happens after you quit smoking...
Date: August 27, 2002 at 11:50 am PST

Hi, I've seen this in several places. It helps me, hope it helps someone else.

What happens after you quit smoking...

Within 20 Minutes...
Blood pressures drops
Pulse rate drops to normal
Body temperature of hand and feet increases to normal

Within 8 hours...
Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
Oxygen level in blood increases to normal

Within 24 hours...
Chance of heart attack decreases

Within 48 hours...
Nerve endings start regrowing
Ability to smell and taste is enhanced

Within 2 weeks to 3 months...
Circulation improves
Walking becomes easier
Lung function increases up to 30%

Within 1 to 9 months...
Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease
Cilia regrow in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean lungs and reduce infection
Body's overall energy increases

Within 1 year...
Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker

Within 5 years...
Stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5-15 years after quitting
Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus is half that of a smoker

Within 10 years...
Lung cancer death rate about half that of a continuing smoker's
Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases

Within 15 years...
Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmokers

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