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Friday, November 16, 2007

Today is Great American Smokeout

Do you need any more reasons for quiting?
Health benefits after quitting


• 20 minutes: Heart rate and blood pressure drops.

• 12 hours: Carbon-monoxide level in blood drops to normal.

• 2 weeks to 3 months: Circulation improves and lung function increases.

• 1 to 9 months: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease.

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

• 5 to 15 years: Stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker.

• 10 years: Lung-cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker.

• 15 years: Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker.

Source: U.S. Surgeon General’s report, 1990

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