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The health benefits start right away when you quit smoking:

  • Within 20 minutes your circulation will improve, your heart rate and blood pressure will get lower. This reduces your risk of heart attack straight away.

  • Within 8 hours the carbon monoxide level in your blood will drop and the oxygen level will go up.

  • Within 24-48 hours all the carbon monoxide will have left your body.

  • Within a few days your sense of smell and taste will start to improve.  

  • After 72 hours your breathing will improve and your energy levels will increase.

  • Within 2 or 3 months your lung capacity can increase by up to 30%.  

  • Within 1 year your chance of heart attack drops by half and within 10 years the risk drops to almost the same as a non-smoker.

  • Within 5 years the risk of smoking related cancers will be greatly reduced.

  • Once you give up, your lungs start to fight back by coughing up tar. A mug full of tar builds up in the lungs of a 20 a day smoker over the period of a year. It is the toxic chemicals in tar that cause cancer.

 These are just some benefits. No matter what age you quit smoking, you will:

  • look and feel better

  • have fresher breath and cleaner teeth, hair, skin and fingers

  • have more control of your life

  • be fitter and have more energy

  • reduce your risk of illness

  • reduce the complications of existing illnesses

  • have a better quality of life

  • be a good role model for your children or grandchildren

  • have more money

  • have a healthier family as they will not be exposed to your second-hand smoke