After 20 minutes, blood pressure goes down.

20 minutes
  • blood pressure goes down
  • pulse rate goes down
  • temperature of hands and feet increase to normal

8 hours
  • carbon monoxide level in blood returns to normal
  • oxygen level in blood returns to normal

24 hours
  • the immediate risk of heart attack starts to fall

48 hours
  • nerve endings start to regrow
  • ability to taste and smell enhanced

14 days
  • circulation improves
  • walking becomes easier
  • lung function improves

1 month
  • most nicotine withdrawal symptoms disappear

3 months
  • nagging cough disappears

1 year
  • increased risk of coronary heart disease half that of a smoker

5 years
  • stroke risk same as non smoker
  • risk of mouth, throat and oesophagus cancer half that of a smoker

10 years
  • increased risk of lung cancer is less than half that of a smoker
  • abnormal cells are gradually replaced by healthy cells

15 years
  • risk of coronary heart disease same as a non smoker
  • if you smoked 20 a day, you’ve saved $81,900 (assuming $15 per pack of 20)

Cigarette harms you didn’t know about

There are many other smoking-related health harms we don’t hear so much about

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Where do all the chemicals come from?

How do so many chemicals end up in cigarette smoke?

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Three very different quitting stories

People choose to quit smoking in many different ways

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You are never too old to quit smoking

Quitting smoking at any age will increase your life expectancy

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‘Light smoking’ doesn’t lessen the harms

Light smoking increases the risk of lung cancer

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