You will feel the benefits of quitting straight away as your body repairs itself. Depending on the number of cigarettes you smoke, typical benefits of stopping are:

  • In twelve hours excess carbon monoxide is out of your blood
  • In five days most nicotine is out of your body
  • In one week your sense of taste and smell improves
  • In one month your skin appearance is likely to improve
  • In two months your lungs will no longer be producing extra phlegm caused by smoking
  • In three months your lung function begins to improve
  • In twelve months your risk of heart disease has halved
  • In five years your risk of a stroke has dramatically decreased
  • In ten years of stopping your risk of lung cancer is less than half that of a continuing smoker and continues to decline (provided the disease is not already present).
  • In fifteen years your risk of heart attack and stroke is almost the same as that of a person who has never smoked

Quitting smoking can be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding things a person can do. Most smokers say they would like to quit, and may have tried at least once. Some are successful the first time, but many other people try a number of times before they finally give up for good.


Further information about the National Tobacco Campaign and the health benefits of quitting smoking can be found here.

You can also find copies of the campaigns health benefit posters here:
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