At one year, we hit an important milestone related to the health benefits of quitting smoking:
The excess risk of coronary heart disease drops to half that of current smokers after one year.
Cigarette smoking is directly linked to heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States today. It plays a part in coronary heart disease and causes damage by decreasing oxygen to the heart. Smoking increases blood pressure and heart rate, both of which are hard on the heart, and the chemicals in cigarettes contribute to atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries.
Quitting tobacco is the absolute best thing you can do for your heart and for your health overall.
One Year Smoke-Free
If you've put a year between you and the last cigarette you smoked, congratulations! The benefits of the positive choices you've made will continue to grow as you move forward from here.
Here at About.com Smoking Cessation, we offer certificates (free) to commemorate your first year smoke free. They can be printed out and framed, or used as a wallpaper background for your computer. Select a certificate and we'll personalize it and send it out to you as a .jpg file.
One Year Smoke Free Milestone Certificate Gallery
Smoking affects who we are more than most of us realize. Quitting tobacco is similar to peeling back the layers of the onion to find the person you were meant to be before addiction stepped into your life. Read through some of the perspectives of those who have completed their first year smoke free:
One Year Milestones
Statistics tell us that only 7% of those who quit without support are still smoke free at the end of their first year. Fortify your cessation program with support from those going through what you are here at About.com Smoking Cessation.
Your chance of achieving long-term success with smoking cessation increases significantly after two years.
Smoking Relapse Rates Drop Off Sharply After Two Years
If you're thinking about quitting smoking, there is no time like the present to get started. Change begins with a single first step. Stop just thinking about quitting, and start taking action. Throw the cigarettes away, and start your quit today.
Quit Smoking Benefits: 5 to 15 Years
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2004 Surgeon General's Report: Poster: Within 20 Minutes of Quitting 27 May 2004. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention