Benefits of Quitting


You will be able to work and play harder because your lungs will work better.  You will be able to bring more air into your body.  You will be able to walk or run for a longer time, play more basketball or tennis, keep up with your children. Find out more.

Teeth and Gums

Your teeth and gums will be healthier and look better when you quit.  You will also feel better because your breath will be fresher and other people will want to be closer to you.  Find out more.


Your face will look much better when you quit.  Smoking causes the skin to change color and for deep wrinkles to form around your nose and mouth, making you look older and unhealthy.

See the faces of identical twins, one who smokes and one who does not. Read about what happens and see more pictures.

Peace of Mind

You will feel so much better when you even try to quit.  We know it is not easy. Most smokers in Philly who quit have tried about 5 times before they quit for good.

If you have asthma, you should stop right away and you should not be around anyone who smokes.  You will breathe much easier if there is no smoke in the air.  If you have children, smoking near them will hurt them, make it hard to breathe and may trigger asthma.  

Feel Better Right Away

Do you think you will only feel better in years to come when you quit?  Think again. You will start feeling better right away!

  • 20 minutes after quitting your heart rate drops.
  • 12 hours after quitting the air in your blood is cleaner.
  • 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting your heart attack risk beings to drop and your lungs will be healthier.

Get Healthy Philly is a project of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and is made possible, in part, by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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