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Long-Term Benefits When You Quit Smoking

From 5 to 15 Years


Updated June 11, 2014

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Long-Term Benefits When You Quit Smoking
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Long-Term Benefits When You Quit Smoking Include:
  • from 5 to 15 years after you quit smoking, stroke risk is reduced to that of people who have never smoked.

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At 10 years smoke-free:

At 15 years smoke-free:
  • risk of coronary heart disease is now similar to that of people who have never smoked
  • risk of death returns to nearly the level of people who have never smoked
Long-Term Quit Smoking Success Stories

Read the accounts of those with 18 months or more as smoke-free. Life works better without cigarettes, and freedom from nicotine addiction is a gift beyond compare.


If you are currently smoking, it may be hard to imagine yourself as an ex-smoker with 15 years of freedom from the habit. Quitting can seem like a mountain. It's possible though, and you can quit just as surely as anyone else. It all starts with that first step of making the commitment to quit, and taking action. From there, learning to live your life free of the addiction you've been chained to for so many years is just a day-by-day process.

Don't let smoking waste any more of your precious life.
Quit now and get this journey underway.

You won't regret it.


2004 Surgeon General's Report: Poster: Within 20 Minutes of Quitting 27 May 2004. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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