What could happen if you start smoking?<br />Every year hundreds of thousands of people around the world die from diseases caused by smoking cigarettes - Smoking KILLS.<br />If you smoke, you could die.<br />
More on DEATH<br />One in two lifetime smokers will die from their habit. Half of these deaths will occur in middle age.<br />If you smoke, you could die young.<br />
About CANCER<br />Tobacco smoke also contributes to a number of cancers.<br />If you smoke, you could increase your chances of getting cancer.<br />
Your HEART: an important organ<br />If you smoke, you might have a heart attack or a stroke.<br />The mixture of nicotine and carbon monoxide in each cigarette you smoke temporarily increases your heart rate and blood pressure, straining your heart and blood vessels.<br />
Your arms and legs are ALSO VERY IMPORTANT<br />It slows your blood flow, cutting off oxygen to your feet and hands. Some smokers end up having their limbs amputated.<br />If you smoke, you could have to have your arms or legs amputated.<br />
Tar coats your lungs like soot in a chimney and causes cancer. A 20-a-day smoker breathes in up to a full cup (210 g) of tar in a year.<br />If you smoke, your lungs could be filled with TAR.<br />The junk in your lungs<br />
If you stop smoking…<br />Within 20 minutes after you smoke that last cigarette, your body begins a series of changes that continue for years.<br />20 Minutes After QuittingYour heart rate drops.<br />12 hours After QuittingCarbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.<br />
2 Weeks to 3 Months After QuittingYour heart attack risk begins to drop.Your lung function begins to improve.<br />1 to 9 Months After QuittingYour coughing and shortness of breath decrease.<br />
1 Year After QuittingYour added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.<br />5 Years After QuittingYour stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker’s 5-15 years after quitting.<br />
Ahhhh…fresh air!<br />10 Years After QuittingYour lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker’s.Your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases.<br />15 Years After QuittingYour risk of coronary heart disease is back to that of a nonsmoker’s.<br />
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