Benefits to quitting smoking

Read on to find out the benefits of quitting smoking, and to learn about the effects of cigarettes on your health and environment.

 

Did you know?

If you quit smoking, after:

8 hours Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in your blood reduce by half. Oxygen levels return to normal.

24 hours Carbon monoxide will be removed from your body, and your lungs start clearing mucus and other smoking debris.

48 hours There is no nicotine left in your body and you can taste and smell better.

72 hours Your breathing becomes easier. Your bronchial tubes begin to relax and you have more energy.

2-12 weeks Your circulation improves.

3-9 months Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%.

1 year Risk of heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.

5 years Risk of mouth and oesophageal cancers fall to about half that of a smoker.

10 years Risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker.

15 years Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.

 

... And it's not just your health that will benefit from quitting. If you smoke a pack a day, and you quit, you could save around $120 a week, or $6,250 per year (based on pack of 20 that costs $17.20).

 

Your children can also benefit when you quit smoking. Did you know:

  • poisonous chemicals from tobacco build up on your clothes, car seats and carpets, and may still do your children harm. If you quit, your clothes, hair, breath, home, and car will smell fresher and cleaner?
  • babies exposed to second-hand smoke are at higher risk of cot death (SIDS)?
  • children exposed to second-hand smoke are more likely to develop asthma, coughs, colds, ear infections?
  • children exposed to second-hand smoke are at higher risk of problems with learning and behaviour?

 


 

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Get support to quit 

Call today and start your journey to a healthier life, for you your children, your families, and whānau. 

There are different groups available to help and support you with quitting smoking, chose the one that is right for you: click on cessation services in smokefree contacts to find the best service for you. Or visit the following websites:

 

 

Quitline   Smokefree 2025