National No Smoking Day 2019

Quitting is the best thing you’ll ever do. Stopping smoking can make drastic improvements to your lifestyle and health in ways you might not expect.

Once you stop smoking some of the benefits are immediate and some are long term benefits.

After 20 Minutes Blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal

After 8 hours – Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood reduce by half and oxygen levels return to normal

After 48 hours – Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.

After 72 hours – Breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase

After 2-12 weeks – Your circulation improves

After 3-9 months– Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%

After 5 years– Risk of heart attacks falls to about half compared with a person who is still smoking 

After 10 years – Risk of lung cancer falls to half of that of a smoker. Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.

Other benefits of quitting smoking are;

  • Your sense of taste will return and you will enjoy the taste of food more
  • The appearance of your skin and teeth will improve
  • Your breathing and general fitness will improve
  • You will save money! The average smoker has 13 cigarettes a day, which works out as 364 cigarettes a month. That’s £190.00 a month and £2,271.00 a year you could be saving.

For help with stopping smoking, you can download your own personal smoke free plan from the NHS or Call the Smokefree National Helpline: 0300 123 1044