Why is it important to quit?

Smoking is the main cause of lung disease, so people who quit will have health benefits from day one.

People who quit smoking:

  • Have fewer chest infections.
  • Have fewer hospital admissions.
  • Slower decline in lung function and have less lung damage.
  • Respond better to the effects of inhalers and other medication than smokers.
  • Reduce their risk of stroke, heart and vascular disease.

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From the first day of quitting:

  • After 20 minutes – Blood pressure and pulse rate improve
  • After 8 hours – Oxygen levels in the blood improve
  • After 1 day – Lungs start to clear out mucous and other debris
  • After 2 days – Sense of taste and smell start to improve
  • After 3 days – Cravings for nicotine will ease. Breathing becomes easier and bronchial tubes relax and open for better air flow
  • After 3 months – Coughs, wheeze and breathing problems improve
  • After 9 months -  Lung function can improve by up to 10%
  • After 1 year – Risk of heart disease can be cut by 50%


There are other benefits too:

  • Those around you will no longer breathe in second hand smoke. Pregnant women, children and babies are especially at risk
  • Clothes, hair, car and furniture will not smell of smoke
  • More money to spend – 20 cigarettes per day for one year = around £3500