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The Health Benefits of Stopping Smoking

Stopping smoking is the single most important thing that you can do to improve your health. That is a fact.

Unfortunately, not every benefit is visible and you can be left thinking to yourself that you don't feel any different.

However, there are a lot of changes going on behind the scenes that you may not be aware of, but you can rest assure that your body is busying itself away and repairing as much of the damage that smoking has done to your body as possible.

Your body will begin to repair itself as soon as you stop smoking and you'll go on feeling the health benefits for the rest of your life.

20 minutes after stopping, your blood pressure and pulse rate will return to normal. Circulation improves in hands and feet, making them warmer.

8 hours after stopping, nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood will be cut by half and oxygen levels will return to normal. Chances of a heart attack start to fall.

24 hours after stopping, the level of carbon monoxide in your body will be that of a non-smoker and your lungs will start to clear. You could always ask at your local pharmacy or GP surgery and see if they can check your carbon monoxide levels for you.

48 hours after stopping, your body is becoming free of nicotine and your sense of taste and smell is improving.

72 hours after stopping, you should be breathing more easily. Airway passages in the lungs begin to relax. Energy levels increase.

2 – 12 weeks after stopping, your circulation is improving, making walking easier.

3 – 9 months after stopping, your lung function has increased by up to 10%. That means less coughing and wheezing and fewer breathing problems.

5 years after stopping, your risk of having a heart attack is halved.

10 years after stopping, your risk of contacting lung cancer is halved and your risk of having a heart attack is the same as if you’d never smoked.

7 Replies

Wow thanks for this Emjay everybody should read this and remember it, there is no better reasons to stop :)


hi emjay, i am going to print the list off. its brilliant, and gives us all encouragement.



Hi emjay, very interesting for me as a new arrival but not too sure about the blood pressure yet as I seem to be jittery & fidgety all the time.


Hi everybody, yes you've performed magic again Emjay, just what we needed and i too am going to print it off Jillygirl.

Just a thought Emjay but is there anywhere you can keep this on the site for other people to see, say next week or next month????? ha ha i'm sure you are going to give me a simple answer to it, its just that all the blogs went from last week thats all gal. I might be simple but i can lift evy fings.

Pete :-)


Hey Pete, I shall be looking into this today to see what I can do to try and see that is shown on a regular basis at least. :-) Good idea!


Just "liked" this on Facebook!


Hey Emjay this is really good. I'm asthmatic so am able to measure my lung capacity at home. In the few weeks since I've smoked my lung capacity has gone up from 300-350 to 400! I' m really proud of myself each time it goes up and I think this is one of the things keeping me on the straight and narrow!


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