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Benefits of quitting smoking

Within minutes of smoking the last cigarette, the body begins to change and continues for years.Your health immediately improves, but so does the health of your friends, family and children, plus your wallet.Once you stop smoking the chances of living longer and spending time with your family and friends improves.You will be able to spend money on other things.

To help give you the power to quit today, have a look at how quickly your health improves once you stop smoking...

Health benefits

20 minutes - Blood pressure drops to normal, pulse rate drops to normal, temperature of hands and feet increase to normal

8 hours - Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal, oxygen level in blood gets back to normal.

24 hours - Less chance of a heart attack.

48 hours - Nerve endings start regrowing, smell and taste gets better.

2 weeks to 3 months - Circulation improves, walking becomes easier, lung function increase up to 30%.

1 month - Most nicotine withdrawal symptoms disappear.

1 to 9 months – coughing, phlegm build up, tiredness and shortness of breath decrease, body’s overall energy increases.

1 year - excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.

5 years - lung cancer death rate for average smoker (1 pack a day) decreases by almost half, risk of a stroke reduced to that of a non-smoker 5 to 15 years after quitting, risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and oesophagus is halved.

10 years - lung cancer death rate similar to a non-smoker. Less risk of getting cancer of the mouth, throat, oesophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas.

15 years - risk of getting coronary heart disease is the same as a non-smoker.

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