The Benefits of Smoking Cessation
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., ACCESS Media Relations Specialist
August 1, 2018
It is always a good time to quit smoking. Smoking can lead to many devastating health conditions such as cancer and emphysema. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking-related health issues are responsible for more deaths each year than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries and gun-related deaths combined.
The health benefits of quitting smoking begin to appear shortly after your last cigarette. For example:
- 20 Minutes After Quitting:Your heart rate drops to a normal level.
- 12 Hours After Quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
- 2 Weeks to 3 Months After Quitting: Your risk of having a heart attack begins to drop. Your lung function begins to improve.
- 1 to 9 Months After Quitting: Your coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
- 1 Year After Quitting: Your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker's.
Quitting will have a positive aspect on your everyday life, make you feel better and help you live your life to the fullest.
ACCESS provides support to help ease you through the quitting process with our smoking cessation services. Click here to schedule an appointment today.