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Poster: The Benefits of Quitting

Compared to smokers, your…

  • Stroke risk may be reduced to about the same as a person who never smoked after 2 to 5 years of not smoking
  • Cancers of the mouth, throat, and esophagus risks are halved within 5 years after quitting
  • Cancer of the larynx risk is reduced after quitting
  • Coronary heart disease risk is cut by half 1 year after quitting and is nearly the same as someone who never smoked 15 years after quitting
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease risk of death is reduced after you quit
  • Lung cancer risk drops by as much as half 10 years after quitting
  • Ulcer risk drops after quitting
  • Bladder cancer risk is halved within 5 years of quitting
  • Peripheral artery disease goes down after quitting
  • Cervical cancer risk is reduced a few years after quitting
  • Low birth weight baby risk drops to normal if you quit before pregnancy or during your first trimester

Disclaimer: Data and findings provided in this publication reflect the content of this particular Surgeon General's Report. More recent information may exist elsewhere on the Smoking & Tobacco Use Web site (for example, in fact sheets, frequently asked questions, or other materials that are reviewed on a regular basis and updated accordingly).

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