Smoking Cessation at Methodist Hospital
Healthy Rewards from Quitting Smoking
Immediately: the air around you is no longer dangerous to children and other adults.
20 min: blood pressure lowers
24 hrs: chance of heart attack decreases
2-12 weeks: circulation improves
1 year: excess risk of heart disease drops to half that of smoker
5-15 years: stroke risk is reduced to that of a non- smoker
10 years: risk of cancer of the lung, mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidneys, and pancreas decreases.
Smoking Significantly Impacts Health and Healing.
Physical effects of Tobacco:
Cigarette smoking is the #1 cause of preventable, premature disability, disease and
death in the U.S.
Nearly 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking. Lung cancer claims the live of more Americans each year than
any other cancer.
The typical smoker is likely to die of heart disease at a rate 2-3 times that of a non-smoker of the same age.
Smoking increases the risk of several complications of pregnancy.
Inhalation of secondhand or passive smoke by non-smokers contributes to many of the same health issues.
Children of smokers develop more allergies and get more upper respiratory tract infections than children of non-smokers.
American Cancer Society
www.cancer.org (626) 795-7774
The American Cancer Society offers a free Smoking Support Group and online help.