Health benefits of giving up smoking - image description

The diagram shows a timeline of the short- and long-term health benefits of giving up smoking. It shows the short-term benefits on the first section of the timeline. It shows that after 20 minutes of not smoking, your pulse rate returns to normal. After 8 hours, the levels of nicotine and carbon monoxide chemicals from the cigarette are halved and your oxygen levels will return to normal. After 2 days, the nicotine and carbon monoxide chemicals will have left your body. Your taste and sense of smell improve. After 3 days, your breathing will be easier and your energy levels will increase. And after 2 to 12 weeks, your blood circulation will improve.

Then it shows the long-term benefits on the second section of the timeline. It shows that after 3 to 9 months, your breathing problems, coughs and wheezing improve. After 1 year, your risk of heart disease becomes half that of someone who smokes. After 10 years, your risk of lung cancer becomes half that of a someone who smokes. And after 15 years, your risk of a heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.