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Stopping smoking is never easy, but it IS possible. Smoking can do serious damage to your body, however it is never too late to quit. If you do quit, you’ll be much less likely to develop coronary heart disease and cancer.

The effects of smoking on your health
We all know smoking can lead to all sorts of health problems. Tobacco contains over 4,000 chemicals, including tar and nicotine. Nicotine causes the addiction, makes your heart beat faster and raises your blood pressure. Tar ends up in your lungs and carbon monoxide causes the most damage. Every time you smoke, they go straight into your body through your lungs.

The chemicals in tobacco smoke can damage the lining of your coronary arteries – the tubes that take oxygen-rich blood to your heart. This can cause fatty material to build up in the arteries, leading them to get clogged up and blocked and this can also cause blood clots.

Why quit?
When you quit smoking you cut your risk of everything from mouth ulcers and high blood pressure to stroke, heart disease and cancer. Your health WILL improve when you quit, no matter for how long or how much you smoke. In fact, some of the benefits of stopping smoking are almost instant. It won’t take long before your heart can pump more blood around your body more easily – and that means more oxygen.  When you quit, your body will thank you for it. You’ll find your breathing improves, you’re less likely to get colds and flu and you’ll find physical activity much easier. Here are eight ways your health will improve when you stop smoking:

The quitting timeline

  • After 20 minutes your blood pressure and pulse return to normal
  • After two days your body is nicotine-free and your sense of taste and smell improve
  • After 24 hours your lungs start to clear
  • After three days you can breathe more easily, and your energy increases
  • After two to 12 weeks your circulation improves
  • After three to nine months, coughs, wheezing and breathing improves
  • After one year your heart attack risk is half that of a smoker
  • After ten years your lung cancer risk is half that of a smoker.  

What else do you stand to gain?

  • More money to spend on yourself and your family
  • An improved sense of smell and taste
  • Better breath
  • Keeping healthy for the sake of your children and grandchildren
  • A fresher, cleaner home – no more nicotine stains!
  • Cleaner lungs and a stronger heart.

The financial cost of smoking
The money saved by an ex 20-a-day smoker after:

One week                   £60.83
One month                 £260.70
Six months                  £1564.20
One year                     £3128.40
Five years                   £15,642

Based on a pack of Lambert & Butler Kong Size £8.69 from Sainsbury’s online as at 13 September 2016

For help in planning how to quit, visit the British Heart Foundation website or the NHS website.

References:
British Heart Foundation www.bhf.org.uk
NHS www.nhs.uk/livewell/smoking/pages/stopsmokingnewhome.aspx