News Press – Tobacco: the health benefits of smoking cessation (VIDEO) – WHO

Les Q&RDoes smoking cessation have immediate and long-term health benefits for all smokers?
Here are the beneficial health changes that are observed:

Within 20 minutes of quitting smoking, your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
Within 12 hours, your blood carbon monoxide levels return to normal.
After 2 to 12 weeks, your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
Within 1 to 9 months, the cough and shortness of breath decrease.
Within a year, your risk of coronary heart disease drops by almost half.
Within 5 years, your risk of stroke returns to the same as for a non-smoker 5 to 15 years after quitting smoking.
Within 10 years, your risk of lung cancer drops to almost half that of a smoker and your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix and of the pancreas decreases.
Within 15 years, the risk of coronary heart disease returns to the same as for a non-smoker.

Can people of all ages who already suffer from a smoking-related health problem still experience benefits from quitting?
Advantages over people who continue to smoke:

At around age 30: there is a gain of almost 10 years in life expectancy.
At about 40 years old: there is a gain of 9 years in life expectancy.
At around age 50: there is a gain of 6 years in life expectancy.
At about age 60: there is a gain of 3 years in life expectancy.
Following the onset of a life-threatening illness: quick win, people who quit smoking after a heart attack reduce their chance of a recurrence by 50%.

How does quitting smoking impact children exposed to second-hand smoke?
Quitting smoking reduces overexposure to many other diseases linked to passive smoking in children, such as respiratory diseases (asthma for example) and ear infections.

Are there other benefits to smoking cessation?
Quitting smoking reduces the risk of impotence, difficulty conceiving, risk of prematurity, low birth weight and risk of miscarriage.

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