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Benefits of Quitting Smoking

David Neville is a Coordinator with the Utah Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Control Program and lets people know the benefits that come from quitting smoking.

Benefits of quitting:

• Within 20 min, your pulse rate and blood pressure return to normal

• Within 24 hours your risk of heart attack decreases

• Within 48 hours your sense of smell and taste begins to improve

• Within 72 hours your lung capacity increases

• Within three months you get sick less often

• After 1 year your risk of heart attack decreases by half

Health effects of cigarette smoking:

• Each year, more than 1,100 Utah adults die as a result of their own smoking, and an estimated 140 to 250 adults, children, and babies die due to secondhand smoke exposure.

• Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body—causing many diseases and reducing the overall health of smokers.

• Smoking causes nearly 90% of lung cancer deaths in men and almost 80% of lung cancer deaths in women.

• Smoking causes coronary heart disease—the leading cause of death in the U.S.

• A person’s risk for stroke nearly doubles if he or she is a smoker.

• The risk of dying from chronic obstructive lung disease increases ten times for smokers.

Gunter von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS 3 Information:

• The TRUTH Anti-Tobacco Campaign is the sponsor of the lung portion of the exhibit, which displays healthy lungs and lungs of smokers—one with lung cancer and another with emphysema.

• Body Worlds is open Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• For information and tickets, visit

For help in quitting, call the tobacco Quit Line at 1-888-567 TRUTH or visit


1. Smoking and Tobacco Use fact sheet. (2008). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2. Utah Department of Health. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). 2007. Salt Lake City: Utah Department of Health. Center for Health Data.

3. Utah Department of Health. Utah Health Status Survey, 2001-2006. Salt Lake City: Utah Department of Health. Center for Health Data.

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