Smoking & tobacco
Benefits of quitting smoking
Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do to improve your health and quality of life. Non-smokers have a much lower risk of getting dozens of smoking-related diseases like lung cancer, heart disease, and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis).
Here are some other good things that happen to your body once you stop smoking 1:
Within 8 hours
Within 48 hours
your chances of having a heart attack start to go down
your sense of smell and taste begin to improve
Within 72 hours
Within 2 weeks to 3 months
Within 6 months
your coughing, stuffy nose, tiredness and shortness of breath improve
Within 1 year
Within 10 years
Within 15 years
There are many other good reasons to quit smoking:
- You'll set a good example for your children
- Your smoking will no longer affect the health of people around you
- You'll have more money to save or to spend on other things - a pack of cigarettes a day adds up to more than $3000 a year!
- You'll have more energy to do the things you love
- You'll pay lower life insurance premiums
- Cigarettes will no longer control your life
What are your reasons to quit smoking? Write them down and share them with friends and family or post them on the fridge.
1. Health Canada, Tobacco Control Program. On the Road to Quitting - Guide to Becoming a Non-Smoker.