The University of Texas at Austin supports its employees and students who want to quit using tobacco products by offering tobacco cessation programs at no or low cost.
The American Cancer Society provides a timeline of health milestones individuals can look forward to once they’ve quit.
- Time Smoke-free: 1 hour
- Benefits: Heart rate and blood pressure drop
- Time Smoke-free: 12 hours
- Benefits: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal
- Time Smoke-free: 2 weeks to 3 months
- Benefits: Circulation improves and lung function increases
- Time Smoke-free: 1 to 9 months
- Benefits: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) start to regain normal function, reducing the risk of infection
- Time Smoke-free: 1 year
- Benefits: Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a habitual smoker
For more information on the benefits of tobacco cessation check out The Case for Quitting.