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Rewards of Quitting Tobacco

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  1. Immediately your breath, clothes and hair smell better.
  2. Embarrassment you may feel from smoking instantly lifts.
  3. Premature wrinkling of the skin and the staining of your teeth cease right away.
  4. Within 1 day, your chances of having and dying from a heart attack go down.
  5. After 2 days, your food begins to taste better and your sense of smell returns to normal.
  6. Ordinary activities no longer leave you out of breath, within 2 — 12 weeks.
  7. Within 1 — 9 months, you will feel more energized.
  8. Your risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker within 1 year of quitting.
  9. After 5 years, you have a significantly reduced risk of getting lung cancer and your chance of having a stroke is the same as that of a nonsmoker.
  10. Within 10 years, if you are a pack‐a‐day smoker, you will save about $29,000.


Saint Barnabas Medical Center
94 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-5000
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Community Medical Center
99 Highway 37 West
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 557-8000
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Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center
1691 U.S. Highway 9
CN 2025
Toms River, NJ 08754
(732) 914-1688
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Jersey City Medical Center
355 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 915-2000
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RWJ University Hospital Rahway
865 Stone Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
(732) 381-4200
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RWJ University Hospital Somerset
110 Rehill Avenue
Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 685-2200
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