Why Quit:

1. Benefits of Quitting Smoking

There are many health benefits to quitting smoking…

Time passed

Health Benefits

20 minutes

  • Heart rate drops

8 hours

  • Lungs begin to clear

48 hours

  • Smell and taste improve

72 hours

  • Breathing becomes easier
  • Energy levels increase

2 weeks to 3 months

  • Blood flow improves

6 months

  • Coughing, tiredness and shortness of breath improves

1 year

  • Decreased risk of heart attack

Quitting smoking means…

2. Second-Hand Smoke

Quitting smoking will protect yourself and the people around you from second-hand smoke.

What is Second-Hand Smoke?

What’s in Second-Hand Smoke?

Toxin in Smoke

Where it is found

What it does to your body

Carbon Monoxide

  • fumes from cars
  • damage to heart and blood vessels
  • diarrhea
  • increases breathing and heart rate
  • seizures
  • vomiting


  • used for road repair
  • cancer
  • lung damage


  • household cleaners
    (e.g. glass cleaners)
  • eye damage
  • asthma


  • fluid for preserving dead bodies
  • shortness of breath
  • dizziness
  • eye, nose, throat and lung irritation


  • gasoline
  • rubber
  • detergents
  • causes cancer

Hydrogen Cyanide

  • rat poison
  • confusion
  • weakness
  • nausea
  • weight loss
  • headaches
  • death

Welcome to Reality

What can you do?

Third-Hand Smoke:

Something to think about….

3. Effects on the Environment

There are several negative effects of tobacco use on the environment: