The vision of Labrador-Grenfell Health is of healthy people living in healthy communities.

Your body will start to heal within 24 hours of quitting…

  • 20 minutes after quitting, your blood pressure drops to your pre-cigarette level.
  • 8 hours after quitting, the carbon monoxide in your blood drops to normal and the oxygen level in your blood increases to normal.
  • 24 hours after quitting, you lower your chances of having a heart attack.
  • 48 hours after quitting, your sense of smell and taste improve and begin to return to normal.
  • 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting, your circulation improves and your lungs work better.
  • 9 months after quitting, you experience less coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath.
  • 1 year after quitting, your risk of heart disease is about half of what it would have been if you had continued to smoke.
  • 5 years after quitting, your risk of stroke is greatly reduced. Within 5 to 15 years after quitting, it becomes about the same as a non-smoker’s risk.
  • 10 years after quitting, your risk of dying from lung cancer is about half of what it would have been if you had continued to smoke. Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas also decreases.
  • 15 years after quitting, your risk of heart disease is the same as a person who never smoked.
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