Quitting is the best thing you'll ever do
Stopping smoking can make a drastic improvement to your lifestyle and health in ways you might not expect. Once you stop smoking, some of the benefits are immediate and some are longer-term.
"I've been stopped for 17 weeks now. I'm proud of myself and the best thing is being able to do more exercise and not waking up with a sore chest anymore."
Sian-Marie, 20-30 a day for 13 years
You will feel better after 20 minutes when you quit
Your body with start to feel better after 20 minutes, when pulse rate returns to normal. After 8 hours, nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by more than half and oxygen levels return to normal.
Within just 2 days:
- carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body
- lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris
- there is no nicotine in the body
- your ability to taste and smell is improved
After 72 hours:
- breathing becomes easier
- bronchial tubes begin to relax
- energy levels increase
After 2-12 weeks, your circulation improves. In just 3-9 months, coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%.
Your health will keep improving
The benefits of quitting smoking increase over a longer time. After:
- 1 year, your risk of heart disease is about half compared with a person who is still smoking
- 10 years, the 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