Health Benefits. Ever wondered what happens to your body after you quit smoking? The health benefits of quitting smoking start after just 1 hour. Here is a timeline of what happens to your body.

Health Benefits of Quitting Smoking

How long does it take to stop smoking?

A quit smoking timeline can help you know what to expect when you stop. And it can be a great way to stay motivated on your journey to enjoying the health benefits of a smoke-free future.  Quitting smoking can be a challenge, so reminding yourself of the reasons why you want to stop may help – especially the positive effect it can have on your health and for those around you.

A stop smoking timeline can help you visualise each step on your journey and the positive changes you’re making along the way. For instance, did you know that the health benefits can kick in just 20 minutes after your last cigarette? Discover all the great ways you can improve your health through giving up – putting you on the path to a brighter tomorrow.

And remember, it’s never too late to put away the cigarettes for good. However long you’ve been a smoker and whatever your age, the benefits can begin quickly – as our stop smoking timeline explains.

Stop Smoking Timeline – Enjoy fast benefits from Quitting

20 minutes after quitting smoking

In just 20 minutes, your blood pressure and pulse (heart rate) should start to return to their normal levels

2 to 12 weeks after quitting smoking

From 2 weeks after quitting smoking and over the coming months, you may notice that exercise and other physical activity is easier. This is because, at this stage, your lung function increases and your circulation improves, with blood flowing through to your muscles and heart much better. Your immune system should receive a boost too, so your body can fight off colds and flu better. Finally, you may feel up to putting up that shed, painting the hallway or anything else on your to-do list!

8 hours after quitting smoking

8 hours in and the harmful carbon monoxide levels in your blood should have now halved. This can also see your oxygen levels recover and start to return to their normal levels.

3 to 9 months after quitting smoking

The coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing you might have experienced when you were smoking should now be improving. That’s because around this point your lung function increases by up to 10%.

 The air sacs in your lungs – known as cilia – should have regrown, healing some of the damage caused by smoking. Smoking related tiredness should now have disappeared

1 day after quitting smoking

You made it to the end of a full day without smoking! All traces of carbon monoxide have ususally left the body and your lungs start to clear

1 year after quitting smoking

You’ve made it to a year without smoking! Take some time to give yourself a well-earned pat on the back. A year in and your risk of heart disease, attacks or a stroke is now half that of a smoker2. Hopefully you feel much healthier – and wealthier, given what you’ve saved by not buying cigarettes  for 12 months  

48 hours after quitting smoking

Day 2 of no smoking and your taste and sense of smell should be improving

10 years after quitting smoking

A decade in and look how far you’ve come! Your risk of dying from lung cancer is now half that of a smoker. Your chances of developing other cancers such as mouth and pancreas have also fallen significantly.

72 hours after quitting smoking

Reach day 3 with no smoking and you should find breathing easier as your bronchial tubes start to relax. As breathing becomes easier you may also find your energy levels are starting to increase

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The Nicorette range of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products are clinically proven to help you quit smoking .
 They aim to help you quit for good by providing a low level of nicotine to help reduce unpleasant withdrawal effects that may occur when you quit smoking.

Find the right product for you  – choose from mouth sprays , patches , gum , inhalators  and lozenges  and start your own quit smoking timeline today.