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Health benefits of quitting smoking

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Did you know that health benefits of quitting smoking can kick in just 24 hours after your last cigarette. And remember no matter how long you’ve been smoking It’s never too late to quit and Nicorette® is here to support you all the way! Check out our stop smoking timeline below to see key milestones when the benefits of quitting smoking are likely to kick in!

1 day after quitting smoking

You made it to the end of a full day without smoking! All traces of carbon monoxide have usually left the body and your lungs start to clear.

48 hours after quitting smoking

Day 2 of no smoking and your taste and sense of smell should be improving.

72 hours after quitting smoking

Reach day 3 with no smoking and you should find breathing easier as your bronchial tubes start to relax. As breathing becomes easier you may also find your energy levels are starting to increase.

2 to 12 weeks after quitting smoking

From 2 weeks after quitting smoking and over the coming months, you may notice that exercise and other physical activity is easier. This is because, at this stage, your lung function increases and your circulation improves, with blood flowing through to your muscles and heart much better. Your immune system should receive a boost too, so your body can fight off colds and flu better.

3 to 9 months after quitting smoking

The shortness of breath and wheezing you might have experienced when you were smoking should now be improving. That’s because around this point your lung function increases by up to 10%. The air sacs in your lungs – known as cilia – should have regrown, healing some of the damage caused by smoking. Smoking related tiredness should now have disappeared.

1 year after quitting smoking

You’ve made it to a year without smoking! Take some time to give yourself a well-earned pat on the back. A year in and your risk of heart disease, attacks or a stroke is now half that of a smoker. Hopefully you feel much healthier – and wealthier, given what you’ve saved by not buying cigarettes for 12 months.

10 years after quitting smoking

A decade in and look how far you’ve come! Your risk of dying from lung cancer is now half that of a smoker. Your chances of developing other cancers such as mouth and pancreas have also fallen significantly.

Begin your journey to a smoke-free future with Nicorette®!

The Nicorette® range of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products are clinically proven to help you quit smoking. They aim to help you quit for good by providing a low level of nicotine to help reduce unpleasant withdrawal effects that may occur when you quit smoking.

Find the right product for you – choose from mouth sprays, patches, gum , inhalators and lozenges and start your own quit smoking timeline today.

Nicorette® QuickMist mouthspray, Nicorette® Nasal Spray, Nicorette® Microtab 2mg sublingual tablet, Nicorette® Invisi 10/15/25mg Patch, Nicorette® 2/4mg Gum, Nicorett®e Inhalator, Nicorette® Cools 2/4mg Lozenge contain nicotine. Stop smoking aid. Requires willpower. Always read the label. UK-NI-2200767

References

www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/smoking/when-will-i-feel-better
https://ash.wales/what-happens-hours-days-years-after-you-quit-smoking
www.nhs.uk/better-health/quit-smoking
www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/tobacco-health-benefits-of-smoking-cessation