Here’s why you should stop smoking now.

The health benefits begin just minutes after your last puff.

There’s no way around it, quitting smoking is hard. The good news is that it’s worth it because your body starts repairing itself almost immediately. And, there’s even more good news: if you can continue to remain tobacco-free, the benefits of living a smoke-free life will continue for years.

After just 20 minutes your blood pressure and heart rate drop.

After 12 hours the harmful toxins found in cigarettes begin to dissipate and your carbon monoxide levels return to normal.

After 1 day your risk of heart attack declines.

After 2 days your smile brightens and you may notice a heightened sense of taste and smell as nerve endings begin to heal.

After 2 weeks to 3 months your lung function increases.

After 1-9 months your coughing and shortness of breath decreases as cilia in your lungs start to function normally.

After 1 year your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.

After 5 years your stroke risk falls and your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder is cut in half. And, if you’re a woman, your cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non-smoker.

After 10 years your risk of dying due to disease caused by smoking is about half that of a person who is still smoking.

After 15 years your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as that of a non-smoker.