Benefits of quitting smoking
Everyone has their own reason for wanting to quit, here are some of the most common ones. Quitting smoking can:
- Reduce your risk of developing illness, disability or death caused by cancer, heart or lung disease.
- Reduce your risk of gangrene or amputation caused by circulatory problems.
- Protect the health of those around you by not exposing them to second-hand smoke.
- Reduce the chances of your children suffering from asthma or glue ear.
- Improve your fertility levels and your chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby.
- Improve your breathing and general fitness.
- Enjoy the taste of food more.
- Help save money
- Eliminate the smell of stale tobacco.
- Improve appearance of your skin and teeth
- Improve your social.
- Improve the air quality in your home and reduce the risk of fire.
The Quitting Timeline
After 20 minutes:
Your blood pressure and pulse return to normal.
After 24 hours:
Your lungs start to clear.
After two days:
Your body is nicotine-free and your sense of taste and smell improve.
After three days:
You can breathe more easily, and your energy increases.
After two to 12 weeks:
Your circulation improves.
After three to nine months:
Cough, wheezing and breathing improves.
After one year:
Your heart attack risk is half that of a smoker.
After 10 years:
Your lung cancer risk is half that of a smoker.