Long-Term Benefits When You Quit Smoking

From 5 to 15 Years

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Long-Term Benefits When You Quit Smoking Include:

  • from 5 to 15 years after you quit smoking, stroke risk is reduced to that of people who have never smoked.

Paul's Story - How a Stroke Changed His Life

At 10 years smoke-free:

    At 15 years smoke-free:

    • risk of coronary heart disease is now similar to that of people who have never smoked
    • risk of death returns to nearly the level of people who have never smoked

    Personal Quit Stories from Long-Term Ex-Smokers

    Read the accounts above - they are a window into what long-term freedom from nicotine addiction can be like. Life works better without cigarettes. 


    If you are currently smoking, it may be hard to imagine yourself as an ex-smoker with 15 years of freedom from tobacco. Quitting can seem like a mountain. It's possible though, and you can do it just as surely as anyone else.

    Smoking cessation starts with that first step of making the commitment to quit. From there, learning to live your life free of the addiction you've been chained to for so many years is just a day-by-day process.

    Don't let smoking waste any more of your precious life.

    Quit now and get this journey underway.

    You won't regret it.

    2004 Surgeon General's Report: Poster: Within 20 Minutes of Quitting 27 May 2004. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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