The Benefits of Stopping Smoking

The great news is that giving up smoking can reverse most of the frightening consequences
of smoking and within 20 minutes of stopping, you will start to feel the positive effects on
your health. 
 
If you currently smoke then quitting for good is one of the key things you can do to drastically improve your health and wellbeing.
 
  Time since   giving up   Beneficial health changes
  20 minutes   Blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal
  8 hours   Nicotine and carbon monoxide (poisonous gas in cigarette smoke) levels in               the blood are halved and oxygen levels in the blood return to normal
  24 hours   Carbon monoxide is eliminated from the body and lungs start to clear out                   mucus and other smoking debris
  48 hours   No nicotine is left in the body and the ability to taste and smell is greatly                     improved
  72 hours   Breathing becomes easier, bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels             increase
  2-12 weeks   Blood circulation improves, making walking and running a lot easier
  3-9 months   Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function is                       increased by up to 10%
  1 year   Risk of a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker
  10 years   Risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker
  15 years   Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked
 

Financial benefits 

Smoking is a very expensive habit, so just think what you could do with all that extra money. If, for example, you smoke 20 a day, after just 2 months you will have saved approximately £350. In one year alone, you would save in excess of £2,000.
 
The benefits of stopping smoking - Alphega Pharmacy
 

Other benefits 

If you stop smoking, you will get rid of that stale tobacco smell from your hair, skin and clothes. You will also look more attractive with healthy, glowing skin, no tobacco stains on your teeth and fewer wrinkles. 
 

Deciding when to quit

The sooner you give up, the sooner you will start to feel the benefits, but preparation is the key to success. 
 
Use the time leading up to your ‘Quit date' to involve your family and friends and ask for their support and encouragement. And, if you know another smoker who wants to give up at the same time, you can offer mutual support.
 

If you need further information about our Stop Smoking Service please visit our Pharmacy Locator page to find your local pharmacist, and ask for advice.

 
 
Stop smoking for a healthier life - Our Pharmacist Says
More info: A Stop Smoking Timeline - Infographic
 
Stop Smoking Service
Pharmacy Services: Stop Smoking Service
 
Stop smoking video
Watch: Stop Smoking video
 

 

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