The benefits of quitting smoking
The benefits of quitting smoking can be huge. Mainly, your health with improve significantly, but there are also many other positive effects that quitting can have both for you and your family.
Health benefits of quitting smoking
As soon as you stop your body will start to feel the benefits of quitting smoking – and you’ll go on feeling the health benefits for the rest of your life.
- 20 minutes after stopping your blood pressure and pulse rate will return to normal. Your hands and feet will start to feel warmer as the circulation will start to improve.
- 8 hours after stopping nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood will be cut by half and oxygen levels will return to normal. The chances of having a heart attack will start to fall.
- 24 hours after stopping the level of carbon monoxide in your body will be that of a non-smoker and your lungs will start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris
- 48 hours after stopping your body will becoming nicotine-free and your sense of smell and taste will improve.
- 72 hours after stopping you should be breathing more easily. Your airway passages in the lungs will begin to relax and energy levels will start to increase.
- 2-12 weeks after stopping your circulation will improve, resulting in walking becoming easier.
- 3-9 months after stopping your lung function will increase by up to 10%. You will cough less and have reduced wheezing with fewer breathing problems.
- 5 years after stopping your risk of having a heart attack will half.
Improve the health of those closest to you. Even if windows and doors are open the toxic chemicals in tobacco can still put your family at risk, increasing their chances of developing lung cancer later in life.
Smoking can also affect you if you’re trying to start a family or even pregnancy.
With the price of tobacco rising and only ever increasing, smoking can work out extremely expensive. Did you know that the average person who stops smoking saves around £250 per month, working out at nearly £3,000 a year?
Instead of smoking, go on a holiday of a lifetime, put it towards a new car or simply pay off any outstanding bills you have.