The Great American Smokeout

Want to stop smoking? Quitting takes time and a plan. On November 21 join thousands of other smokers across the country and take the first step to a healthier life. Over a short time you will notice that your food tastes better, your sense of smell returns, your breath smells better and light activities will leave you less out of breath.

After you stop smoking you can see the benefits in the following ways:

  • After 1 hour your heart rate and blood pressure drops and returns to normal, improving circulation.
  • After 12 hours your body cleanses itself of the excess carbon monoxide, increasing the body's oxygen levels.
  • After 1 day the risk of heart attack begins to decrease.
  • After 2 days you may notice a heightened sense of smell and more vivid tastes as these nerves heal.
  • After 1 month your lung function begins to improve and may notice less coughing and shortness of breath.
  • After 9 months your lungs have significantly healed themselves.
  • After 1 year your risk for coronary heart disease decreases by half.

Different things work for different people. Improve your health and put out that cigarette for the last time. Explore these tiles from our digital collections to pursue options and decide what way is most likely to help you get smoke free.

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