How Smoking Affects The Heart

By WEEK Creative Services

July 12, 2013 Updated Jul 12, 2013 at 10:31 AM CDT

In 8 hours, excess carbon monoxide is out of your body.
In 1 week, your sense of taste and smell improves.
In 1 year, a pack-a-day smoker will save more than $4,000!
In 5 years, your risk of a stroke has dramatically decreased.

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You can also call the Illinois Tobacco Quit Line at 1-866-QUIT-YES.