When you quit smoking you will feel immediate benefits as your body starts to repair itself.
|Time since last cigarette||Benefits|
|20 minutes||Heart rate drops|
|12 hours||Blood levels of carbon monoxide drop dramatically|
|72 hours||Sense of taste and smell improve. Circulation improves|
|2 weeks - 3 months||Heart attack risk begins to drop, lung function improves|
|1 - 9 months||Coughing and shortness of breath decrease|
|1 year||Risk of coronary heart disease is halved after one year compared to continuing smokers|
|5 years||Stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker 5-15 years after quitting. Risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, oesophagus decreases.|
|10 years||Risk of lung cancer death is about half that of a continuing smoker and continues to decline. Risk of cancers of the bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases.|
|15 years||Risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a non-smoker. The all-cause mortality in former smokers declines to the same level as people who have never smoked.|
Source: Adapted from Zwar et al
Other benefits of quitting include:
For more information, see the Benefits of quitting brochure.