Amazing things happen when you quit smoking
Stopping smoking is the single, most important thing to do to improve your health and wellbeing.
You are four times more likely to quit smoking with help than if you try and give up all on your own.
Do you know all the benefits of quitting smoking?
Health benefits after stopping smoking
There are many benefits to stopping smoking. The table below show some of the health benefits when you quit smoking.
|Time since quitting||Health benefits of quitting|
|20 minutes||Pulse return to normal|
|8 hours||Nicotine is reduced by 90% and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by 75%. Circulation improves|
|24 hours||Carbon monoxide and nicotine almost eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out smoking debris|
|48 hours||All traces of nicotine are removed from the body. The ability to taste and smell improves|
|72 hours||Breathing is easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase|
|2-12 weeks||Circulation improves|
|1 month||Physical appearance improves - skin loses its grey pallor and becomes less wrinkled|
|3-9 months||Coughing and wheezing is reduced|
|1 year||Excess risk of a heart attack reduces by half|
|10 years||Risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a continuing smoker|
|15 years||Risk of a heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked|
Help is available to help you quit
There is support to help you stop smoking. The many options means that you can find the service that is right for you. Stop Smoking Service advisers are there to support you to quit. They can also provide information on different methods to quit smoking such as electronic cigarettes, carbon monoxide readings, literature and advice.
We encourage residents to use the following services to help them quit smoking. They can also provide information on different methods to quit smoking such as electronic cigarettes, carbon monoxide readings, literature and advice.
- Everyone Health Redbridge (Redbridge Stop Smoking Service)
Clients can choose to receive one-to-one or group support by Everyone Health's Specialist Practitioners across community locations in the borough. Alternatively, support can be provided through participating pharmacies across Redbridge. Telephone and virtual support is also available as part of the service. Clients will also have access to stop smoking medicines to help manage the quit journey.
Contact details for the service: 0333 005 0095 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Stop Smoking London
Residents can access free specialist, personalised support from trained health advisers over the phone help them quit smoking.
Contact details for Stop Smoking London: www.stopsmoking.london.com; Helpline number: 0300 123 1044 #stopsmokinglondon