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Benefits When You Quit Smoking

It’s never to late to stop smoking. It goes without saying that the earlier you stop in your smoking life, the greater the benefits for your health. However, it's important to understand that when you quit smoking, it is the best thing you can do for your health, no matter when you decide to do it.

Your body can start healing itself, and you'll lower your risk of developing smoking-related health problems like lung disease, heart disease, and cancer. So, it's never too late to quit smoking and experience the numerous positive effects of a smoke free life.

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How your body starts to heal?

  1. After 20 minutes: Your blood pressure and pulse rate will go back to normal. (Check your pulse rate, it will already be starting to return to normal)

  2. After 8 hours:  Your blood oxygen levels are starting to recover and the dangerous carbon monoxide levels in your blood will have gone down by about half. 

  3. After 48 hours: All carbon monoxide is flushed out. Your lungs are clearing out mucus and your senses of taste and smell are improving. Nicotine has left your body.

  4. After 72 hours: You will notice that your breathing feels easier. This is due to your bronchial tubes relaxing as they are no longer being poisoned. You’ll also find your energy levels increasing as your body can utilise oxygen better. Your sense of smell and taste will be better.

  5. After 2-12 weeks: Your circulation will be much better with your heart pumping blood around your system more effectively and your muscles will be able to work better.

  6. After 3-9 months: Your breathing will be much improved, wheezing and coughing will be much reduced as your lung function increases.

  7. After 1 year: Your risk of a heart attack will be half that of a smoker

  8. After 10 years: Your risk of dying from lung cancer will have reduced to half of that of a smoker.

And of course, there are all the other numerous benefits when you quit smoking:

  1. More money in the bank!

  2. You stop starving your gums of oxygen so that you don’t lose your teeth through rotten gums.

  3. Your clothes, hair and skin will no longer smell of stale smoke

  4. You improve your fertility and reduce the risk of impotence

  5. You look better, your skin will glow naturally again now it’s not being starved of oxygen. You’ll also reduce skin ageing and wrinkles

  6. Your immune system will be stronger, you’ll have fewer coughs, colds and chest infections

  7. You’ll simply enjoy life more without being controlled by smoking

  8. You’ll stop feeling uncomfortable around non-smokers, in fact you’ll feel proud of being one of them!

  9. Your loved ones will be so happy

  10. And many other benefits…you will know what they are for you!

  11. It’s never too late to quit, even if you already have a smoking related disease such as COPD or heart disease. By quitting, you will be helping your body to manage the disease and so improving your prognosis in the longer term.

  12. When you are ready to quit smoking, contact us to find out more about how we can help you to quit easily with the Breathe Quit-Smoking Techniques.

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