Stop Smoking Advice

Smoking and health

Quitting smoking is the best thing you will ever do for your health, your family, and your pocket too!

Smoking is the primary cause of preventable illness and death in the UK. On average, cigarette smokers die 10 years younger than non-smokers, with around 100,000 people dying every year in the UK as a result of their habit.

The good news is that upon quitting you immediately begin reaping the health benefits. Take a look at what sort of health improvements you can expect to experience:

Time since quitting Health benefits
20 minutes Pulse returns to normal.
8 hours Nicotine is reduced by 90% and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by 75%. Circulation improves.
24 hours Carbon monoxide and nicotine almost eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out smoking debris.
48 hours All traces of nicotine are removed from the body. The ability to taste and smell improves.
72 hours Breathing is easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.
2-12 weeks Circulation improves.
1 month Physical appearance improves – skin loses its grey pallor and becomes less wrinkled.
3-9 months Coughing and wheezing declines.
1 year Excess risk of a heart attack reduces by half.
10 years Risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a continuing smoker.
15 years Risk of a heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.

Livewell Partners