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Once you quit smoking, your body starts to recover in the following ways:
- 12 hours - almost all nicotine has been metabolised.
- 24 hours - blood levels of carbon monoxide have dropped dramatically. This means that there is more haemoglobin in red blood cells available to carry oxygen to the body's cells.
- Five days - most nicotine by-products have been removed. Your sense of taste and smell improve.
- Six weeks - risk of wound infection after surgery is substantially reduced.
- Three months - cilia begin to recover, meaning your lungs regain the ability to clean themselves, and overall lung function improves.
- One year - risk of coronary heart disease is halved compared to continuing smokers.
- 10 years - risk of lung cancer is less than half that of a continuing smoker and continues to decline.
- 15 years - risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a non-smoker.1,2,4,5
- For women who quit smoking before pregnancy, or in the early months of pregnancy, their risk of having a low birthweight baby drops to the same level of risk as women who have never smoked.
- Stopping smoking slows the rate of loss of lung capacity in chronic airways disease.
- Improved appearance of skin and fitness.
- Saves money - based on one $10 pack of cigarettes per day, in one year the cost is $3650 and over five years $ 18,250. 4,5
The people you live with, especially your children, will also be healthier if you quit smoking. In addition, reducing children's exposure to environmental tobacco smoke can lead to reduced school absence, improved school performance and reduced uptake of smoking by children. 8,9
Decided to quit? For help, talk to your doctor or pharmacist, call the Quitline on 131 848 or visit the Quitline web site.