It is never too late to stop smoking
No matter how long you’ve smoked for, no matter how many cigarettes you smoke a day, your health will start to improve as soon as you quit.
Some health benefits are immediate, some are longer-term, but what matters is that it’s never too late. Just take a look at what happens once you put out that final cigarette.
- After 20 mins your pulse rate will already be starting to return to normal.
- After 8 hours your oxygen levels will be returning to normal, and carbon monoxide levels in your blood will have reduced by half
- After 48 hours your body will have flushed out all carbon monoxide. Your lungs will start to clear out mucus, and your sense of taste and smell will have improved.
- After 72 hours you can notice that breathing feels easier, it’s because your bronchial tubes have started to relax. Also your energy will be increasing.
- After 2 – 12 weeks blood will be pumping through to your heart and muscles much better because your circulation will have improved.
- After 3 – 9 months any coughs, wheezing or breathing problems will be improving as your lung function increases by up to 10%
- After 1 year , your risk of heart attack will have halved compared to a smoker’s!
- After 10 years your risk of death from lung cancer will have halved compared to a smoker’s.
- After 15 years your risk of heart attack should now be the same as someone who has never smoked.
For support with quitting visit, nhs.uk/oneyou/quit-smoking
Free, local support is available in Halton from;
- Email us at HIT@halton.gov.uk
- Give us a call on 0300 029 0029