Why you should stop smoking
No matter how long you've smoked for, no matter how many cigarettes you smoke a day, your health will start to improve as soon as you quit. Take a look at the benefits here.
Benefits of stopping smoking
In addition to the benefits to your physical health, there are other advantages, these include:
- more money in your pocket
- you will protect the health of your family and friends by not exposing them to second hand smoke
- reduced likelihood that your children will start smoking
- improved mood and reduced anxiety
- your clothes and home will no longer smell of stale tobacco smoke
- reduced risk of fire in your home
After just 20 minutes
Your blood pressure and pulse go back to normal and your circulation improves, especially in your hands and feet.
After 8 hours
Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood are reduced by half and your oxygen levels return to normal.
After 24 hours
Carbon monoxide is removed from your body. Your lungs start to clear out mucus and debris.
After 48 hours
Your body is now free of nicotine. Your ability to taste and smell improve.
After 72 hours
Your breathing is easier. Your energy levels increase.
After two to 12 weeks
Circulation through your body is much better, so it’s easier for you to walk and exercise now.
After one month
Physical appearance improves - skin loses its gray pallor and becomes less wrinkled.
After three to nine months
Your lungs can breathe in 5% to 10% more air and you stop coughing, being short of breath and wheezing.
After one year
You have now halved your chance of having a heart attack compared to a smoker.
After 10 years
You have now halved your chance of getting lung cancer compared to a smoker.
After 15 years
Your risk of having a heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.