How many times have you heard someone say, "I've been smoking so long, that it's too late to quit"? Well it's never too late! Within 20 minutes after you smoke that last cigarette, your body begins a series of changes that continue for years.

20 Minutes After Quitting: 
Your heart rate drops.

12 hours After Quitting: 
The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to nomal.

2 Weeks to 3 Months After Quitting: 
Your heart attack risk 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. 
Your cancer of the larynx risk is reduced. 
Your ulcer risk drops.

2 to 5 Years After Quitting: 
Your bladder cancer risk is halved. 
Your risk of peripheral artery disease goes down. 
Your cervical cancer risk is reduced.

5 Years After Quitting: 
Cancers of the mouth, throat, and esophagus risks are halved. 
Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker's 5-15 years after quitting.

10 Years After Quitting: 
Your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker's. 
Your risk of cancers of the kidney and pancreas decreases. 

15 Years After Quitting: 
Your risk of coronary heart disease is back to that of a nonsmoker's.

Wouldn't it be great if these changes were happening to you? Well, they can. Just make a commitment to quit. Contact your local Lung Association or call your primary care physician today.