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deminks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 08:09 PM
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Within 20 Minutes of Quitting


http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/sgr/sgr_2004/posters/20mins....

I just wanted to share this poster from the CDC. I found it helpful when I quit 6 months ago. I used Wellbutrin for 3 months. So far, so good. Not even a puff. I was afraid that it was too late for me, but this poster helped me through that. Hope it is helpful to you.

Here is the wording:

Within 20 minutes after you smoke that last cigarette, your body begins a series of changes that continue for years.

20 Minutes After Quitting
Your heart rate drops.

12 hours After Quitting
Carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

2 Weeks to 3 Months After Quitting
Your heart attack risk begins to drop.
Your lung function begins to improve.

1 to 9 Months After Quitting
Your Coughing and shortness of breath decrease.

1 Year After Quitting
Your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smokers.

5 Years After Quitting
Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmokers 5-15 years after quitting.

10 Years After Quitting
Your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smokers.
Your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases.

15 Years After Quitting
Your risk of coronary heart disease is back to that of a nonsmokers.
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-11-05 12:07 AM
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1. Thanks for posting that
I've used Wellbutrin as well and today marks the 3rd week that I've quit smoking.
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Incitatus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-11-05 08:07 PM
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2. Thanks
I'm on day 4. I could barely sleep last night and had a really weird dream about sneaking into Mexico and buying cigarettes.
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Katherine Brengle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-09-06 02:17 AM
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4. You gave me a much needed dose of laughter!
Mexico? I love it, lol. I hope you stayed strong.
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-12-05 01:40 AM
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3. Great post! I shared it on my own forum.
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murielm99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-09-06 03:23 AM
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5. Thank you for sharing that.
It gives us encouragement.

I am at four months as a nonsmoker.
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