Never forget the health benefits of quitting smoking start from the very second you put out that final cigarette.
I’ve worked with clients of all ages to help them stop smoking – some were relatively young, in their 20’s and at the other end of the scale I’ve had clients in their 70’s or 80’s contact me for help to quit.
The human body is an amazing combination of components that are ever so powerful and able to repair themselves even after many years of mis-use and so it’s worth reminding all would-be non-smokers about how quickly you will start to reap the benefits of quitting.
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Here’s how fast your body will begin to rebuild itself for you:
In just 20 minutes after your last cigarette your blood pressure and heart rate return to normal. After 8 hours since that final ciggy the nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by half with oxygen levels returning to normal too.
Once 24 hours has passed the waste carbon monoxide will have been eliminated from the body and the mucus and other debris residing on the inner surfaces of your lungs will start to be being expelled.
By the time you’ve got to 48 hours after your final cigarette there will be no nicotine left in the body. It’s around this time that your ability to taste and smell greatly improved, although many clients begin to notice this even earlier, during the first day they’ve quit.
Having achieved 72 hours smoke-free you’ll certainly notice that your breathing’s easier & less strained. The lack of smoke going down into your lungs will mean your bronchial tubes will start to relax and feel less uncomfortable and you’ll find your energy levels increasing.
By the time you’ve moved through to 2 to 12 weeks your circulation improves and your chances of suffering gangrene or the loss of toes or fingers (yes, smoking can cause that!) has decreased to negligible levels.
By around 3 to 9 months time you will have noticed significant reductions in any coughing, wheezing or breathing problems compared to your pre-quit health as by now your lung function will have increased by up to 10%.
After around 52 weeks the average pack a day smoker will have saved around £3,000.
Congratulations! Once you’ve achieved 5 years of no-smoking your risk of heart attack falls to about half that of someone who still smokes.
And finally, after 10 years since you quit your risk of lung cancer falls to one-half of a regular smoker AND also your risk of having a heart attack will have reduced to the same as someone who has never smoked.
So the sooner you quit the sooner you can allow your body to do it’s work for you to get your health back on track.
Whether you smoke 5 cigarettes a day or 5 packets a day and whether you’re a teenager or a ‘silver-surfer’, let’s help you to quit.