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
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|
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.
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.