The Positive Effects of Quitting Smoking - a Timeline
It's that time of year again - Stoptober - the 31 days in the calendar devoted to helping smokers all across the UK to give up cigarettes forever. With some incredible resources available - from NHS helplines and Apps to local quit smoking services and personal quit plans - the help really is available to make your journey to becoming nicotine-free a success.
When you quit smoking you commit to doing something incredible for your health and wellbeing. In fact, the benefits of giving up are huge and they start almost as soon as you put out your last cigarette. If you're considering giving up smoking, here are just some of the ways you'll be improving your health and making yourself feel better into the bargain.
Need motivation? Read on!
What happens when you quit?
The sooner you quit, the sooner you'll notice changes to your body and health. Look at what happens when you quit for good.
After 20 minutes
Check your pulse rate, it will already be starting to return to normal.
After 8 hours
Your oxygen levels are recovering, and the harmful carbon monoxide level in your blood will have reduced by half.
After 48 hours
All carbon monoxide is flushed out. Your lungs are clearing out mucus and your senses of taste and smell are improving.
After 72 hours
If you notice that breathing feels easier, it's because your bronchial tubes have started to relax. Also your energy will be increasing.
After 2 to 12 weeks
Blood will be pumping through to your heart and muscles much better because your circulation will have improved.
After 3 to 9 months
Any coughs, wheezing or breathing problems will be improving as your lung function increases by up to 10%.
After 1 year
Great news! Your risk of heart attack will have halved compared with a smoker's.
After 10 years
More great news! Your risk of death from lung cancer will have halved compared with a smoker's.
Thanks to NHS Website for these stats. We think they're incredibly powerful reasons to give up smoking TODAY!
For further resources and support, follow the link here: NHS Quit Smoking
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