Some of the benefits of stopping smoking are almost immediate, and quitting is one of the best things you’ll ever do to benefit your health.
After 20 minutes, your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal
- After 8 hours nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by half and oxygen levels return to normal
- After 48 hours, carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body, and lungs start to clear out mucus. At this stage, there is no nicotine left in the body, and ability to taste and smell is greatly improved
- After 72 hours, breathing become easier
- After 2-12 weeks, blood circulation improves
- After 3-9 months, coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%
- After 5 years risk of heart attack falls to about half compared with a person who is still smoking
- After 10 years, the risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker and the risk of a heart attack is the same as someone who has never smoked.
As well as some of the health benefits detailed above, you will notice some additional positive changes:
- Your sense of taste will return and food will start to taste better
- Your fitness will improve
- Your skin and teeth will start to look better
- If you are thinking about starting a family, your fertility levels will improve.
As well as health benefits, stopping smoking will also save you money! In January 2016, the recommended retail price of a typical pack of 20 cigarettes was £9.40, making each cigarette worth about 47p. The average smoker smokes 13 cigarettes a day, which adds up to about £6.11 per day and about £185.00 per month. Click on the link on the right to see how much you will save when you quit!
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Smoking is a leading cause of cancer and death from cancer.
About half of regular smokers will eventually be killed by their addiction.
If you are a smoker, keeping fit and eating healthily is not going to cancel out your increased risk of cancer or other smoking-related diseases.
Roll-ups are just as unhealthy as manufactured cigarettes.
The more a person smokes, the greater the risk of premature wrinkling.
In the long-term, nicotine depresses the ability of the brain to experience pleasure.
Smoking causes cancers of the lung, oesophagus, larynx, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, liver, pancreas, stomach, cervix, colon and rectum, as well as acute myeloid leukaemia.
There are more than 7000 chemicals in cigarette smoke and at least 69 are known to cause cancer.