Unsure about stopping smoking?
Ask yourself these questions:
- What do I dislike about smoking?
- What do I miss out on when I smoke?
- How is smoking affecting my health?
- What will happen to me and my family if I keep smoking?
Want to look,feel and be healthier?
My chances of having cancer, heart attacks, heart disease, stroke, cataracts, and other diseases will go down.
I will be less likely to catch colds or the flu, and will be able to recover quicker if I do get sick.
I will breathe easier and cough less.
My blood pressure will go down.
My skin will look healthier and I will look more youthful.
My teeth and fingernails will not be stained.
Want a better lifestyle?
I will have more money to spend.
(If you smoke 20 a day at £9.60 a pack that’s £3,504 pa)
I can spend more time with family, catch up on work, or dive into my favorite hobby.
I won’t have to worry about when I can smoke next or where I can or can’t smoke.
My food will taste better.
My clothes will smell better.
My car‚ home‚ and kids won’t smell like smoke.
I will be able to smell food, flowers, and other things better.
Timeline Benefit – What happens when you quit Smoking
- 20 minutes
- Blood pressure and pulse return to normal.
- 8 hours
- Oxygen levels return to normal.
- Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by half.
- 12 hours
- Carbon monoxide levels in blood drop to normal.
- 24 hours
- Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body.
- Lungs start to clear out mucous and other smoking debris.
- 48 hours
- There is no nicotine left in the body.
- 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
- Circulation improves.
- Lung function increases.
- 3 – 9 months
- Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung functions are increased by up to 10%.
- 12 months
- Excess risk of coronary heart disease is reduced by about half and declines gradually hereafter.
- 5 years
- Risk of heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.
- Risk of stroke returns to the level of people who have never smoked (5 – 15 years).
- 10 years
- Risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker.
- 15 years
- Risk of lung cancer is reduced to close to that observed in nonsmokers.
- Risk of coronary heart disease falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.
- If you have quit smoking before age 50 you have halved the risk of dying in the next 15 years compared with continuing smokers.