Twenty minutes after a smoker quits, blood pressure and pulse rates drop to normal. After a couple weeks, circulation and breathing improves. After a couple years, the chances of getting a stroke are equal to a non-smoker.
And that doesn’t even go into the costs of smoking. The average price of a pack of cigarettes is $5.58. With the average smoker lighting up between 4-6 packs a week, a person can spend $1,500 a year. Even more if you’re in states with higher taxes, like New York.
But it’s the health strains that many smokers ignore. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking is much more common in people with mental illnesses than without. “People with mental illness face challenges in quitting smoking and may benefit from extra help to succeed in quitting,” the CDC states. See the infographic below for more statistics.