Thoracic Oncology Program: Lung

Smoking Cessation

Early detection of lung cancer is key in the survival of lung cancer patients (CT Lung Screening). However, there is another important piece of the puzzle that cannot be overlooked - the prevention of lung cancer. Quitting smoking is the most important health choice you can make to reduce your risks of lung cancer and heart disease. Each smoke-free year after you have decided to quit reduces your risk of lung cancer, as normal cells replace abnormal cells. Here is the progression of what occurs in your body when you quit smoking.

  • Within 20 minutes: Blood pressure and pulse drop to normal rates.
  • After 8 hours: Carbon monoxide level in the blood drops to normal and the oxygen level in the blood increase to normal.
  • After 24 hours: The chance of a heart attack decreases.
  • After 48 hours: Nerve endings start to regrow and the ability to smell and taste is enhanced.
  • After 72 hours: The airways relax, making breathing easier.
  • After 2 weeks to 3 months: Circulation improves, lung function increases, and walking becomes easier.
  • After 1 to 9 months: Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease. Cilia in the lungs begin to regrow, increasing the ability for the body to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infection.
  • After 10 years: New cells replace precancerous cells. Lung cancer death rates drop to nearly those of nonsmokers. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases.

How Do I Quit?

St. Joseph Hospital provides smoking cessation services to the community. St. Joseph Hospital adheres to the Clinical Practice Guideline for treating tobacco use and dependence. The guideline has been established through evidence-based outcomes that combine nicotine replacement therapy and behavioral counseling.

You are not alone in your desire to quit smoking. Let us assist you in making a healthy lifestyle change today! Classes book quickly and registration is required.

To Register

Call 1-866- NEW LUNG (639-5864) to register.

The Center for Heart and Vascular Wellness and Prevention
Centrum Building, Suite 150 (next to the Pavilion)