THE BENEFITS OF QUITTING
Now for some good news: a lot of the damage that cigarettes do is reversible if you stop lighting up.
AFTER SIX HOURS Your heart rate slows back down and your blood pressure stabilises.
AFTER ONE DAY Almost all the nicotine leaves your bloodstream (good riddance, mate!). The levels of carbon monoxide decrease so oxygen can reach your vital organs more easily.
AFTER ONE WEEK Your sense of taste and smell start to return – hello, chocolate! Vitamin C and other natural antioxidant levels increase in your blood. Your lungs start a spring clean, removing mucus, tar and dust (exercise will speed this process up).
AFTER THREE MONTHS You’re coughing and wheezing less, so those netball games are going to be much easier to get through. Your immune system is getting back to its peak, so you’ll find that you’re less likely to get sick, and your blood becomes less thick which means your circulation is on the up.
AFTER ONE YEAR Most symptoms from smoking are a distant memory. Your lung function is back up to its pre-smoking levels.
AFTER TWO TO FIVE YEARS After this amount of time, you’ve drastically reduced your risk of heart attack and stroke, and this will continue to decrease over time. Within five years, your risk of cervical cancer is the same as it is for a female who has never smoked.