Improve your health

Smoking is one of the biggest preventable causes of premature death in the UK. It is linked to a range of serious and often fatal conditions, including heart disease and lung cancer.

But there is good news!

Almost as soon as you quit the health benefits begin. This is regardless of your age or how long you have been smoking. Are you under 35? If you stop now, it’s likely you’ll live just as long as a non-smoker.

Timeline of Health Benefits

20 minutes:

Your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal

8 hours:

Nicotine and carbon monoxide start to leave your body and oxygen levels return to normal.

24 hours:

Your lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.

48 hours:

Nicotine has been eliminated from your body and your sense of smell and taste both improve.

2 to 12 weeks:

Exercise becomes easier and your breathing improves.

3 to 9 months:

Any coughs, wheezing and breathing problems are reduced as your lungs repair.

1 year:

Your risk of coronary heart disease is now half that of a smoker.

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