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Tuesday, March 20, 2012


NO BUTTS, PLEASE--Recently, I read in a hospital brochure from San Diego’s Scripps Clinic (not from the Internet) regarding the impact smoking has on our bodies. It’s straightforward and eye-opening news. The brochure’s title and message is clear: “quit smoking and time is on your side.”

Once you quit smoking…

WITHIN 20 MINUTES, your blood pressure returns to normal and cardiovascular damage begins to subside.

WITHIN 8 HOURS, carbon monoxide levels in your blood decrease and oxygen levels increase to normal.

WITHIN 24 HOURS, your chance of a heart attack decreases

WITHIN 48 HOURS, damaged nerve endings start to re-grow and your sense of smell and taste begin to improve.

WITHIN 72 HOURS, nicotine is all out of the body and your bronchial tubes relax and make it easier to breathe.

For more information call the American Lung Assn. for help. 1-800-NO BUTTS

Image courtesy Penn Leonard Davis Institute, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics

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