Your health

Quitting smoking can have a positive effect on your health in many different ways.  You'll see the effects of quitting relatively quickly too:

  • After 20 minutes your blood pressure and pulse rate will return to normal
  • After 8 hours, the nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in your blood will reduce by half and oxygen levels will return to normal
  • After 48 hours, carbon monoxide will be eliminated from your body. Your lungs will start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris
  • After 48 hours there will be no nicotine in your body and your ability to taste and smell will be greatly improved
  • After 72 hours your breathing will become easier as your bronchial tubes begin to relax and your energy levels increase
  • After 2–12 weeks your circulation will improve
  • After 3–9 months coughs, wheezing and breathing problems will improve as your lung function will increase by up to 10%
  • After 5 years the risk of heart attack will fall to about half compared with a person who is still smoking
  • After 10 years the risk of lung cancer will fall to half that of a smoker and the risk of heart attack will fall to the same as someone who has never smoked

By stopping smoking you can positively improve the management of health conditions including:

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