Cut your risk for heart disease in half by next year

Quit today and cut your risk for heart disease in half by next year.  Some of the health benefits of quitting tobacco are immediate; others are longer term. Over time, it is possible to recover from some of the ill effects of tobacco use, as shown below and reported by the American Cancer Society’s website.

From the moment you quit, your heart rate and blood pressure drop will begin to drop and within 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal. The health benefits will continue over time:

  • within 2 weeks – 3 months, your circulation improves and your lung function increases
  • within 1 – 9 months, coughing and shortness of breath decreases
  • within 1 year, the excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker’s
  • in 5 years, your risk of certain types of cancers is cut in half
  • in 10 years, your risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking
  • in 15 years, your risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker’s

Getting Started.  If you are ready to take the first step, contact a Quit Coach today at 1.866.QUIT.4.LIFE or visit If you are just thinking about quitting, visit the website and take the readiness quiz, read the testimonials from people who have participated in the Quit For Life Program, or download the free eBook to help prepare you to quit and make the process more manageable.