Smoking and Cancer

Smoking is a risk factor for many types of cancer, including lung cancer. Quitting smoking now greatly reduces your risk of cancer and other diseases. 

Stop Smoking Now

When you stop smoking, you immediately begin to reap the benefits of a new healthy lifestyle. According to the American Cancer Society, these are the changes that take place in your body when you stop smoking:

Within 20 Minutes

  • Blood pressure drops to normal.
  • Pulse rate drops to normal.
  • Body temperature of feet and hands increases to normal.

After Eight Hours

  • Carbon monoxide level in the blood drops to normal.
  • Oxygen level in blood increases to normal.

After 24 Hours

  • The chance of heart attack decreases.

After 48 Hours

  • Nerve endings start regrowing.
  • The ability to smell and taste is enhanced.

After 72 Hours

  • Bronchial tubes relax, making breathing easier.
  • Lung capacity increases.

Within Two Weeks to Three Months

  • Circulation improves.
  • Walking becomes easier.
  • Lung function increases up to 30 percent.

Within One to Nine Months

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