Benefits of not smoking

Every cigarette you don’t smoke is doing you good. Think about what your life as a non-smoker would be like: more money, more time, better health.

More money

Smoking is expensive!  With the money you save you could buy yourself something you’ve been wanting, pay off your credit card or go on a holiday.

More time

Every packet of cigarettes you smoke takes around 2½ hours of your time. Imagine what else you could do with that time?

Smell better

You won’t smell of cigarettes and your sense of smell will improve.

Feel Healthier

Your health will start improving as soon as you stop smoking. Here are some of the changes you’ll experience when you stop smoking.

Time since your last cigaretteHealth benefits
20 minutesYour blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal.
8 hoursNicotine and carbon monoxide levels in your blood are reduced and oxygen levels return to normal.
24 hoursCarbon monoxide is eliminated from your body and your lungs become clearer.
48 hoursYour body is clear of nicotine and taste and smell improve.
72 hoursYou can breathe easier, your energy levels and sport performance improve.
3-9 monthsYou become healthier; coughs, wheezing and breathing problems are improved, and your lungs are functioning better.
1 yearYour lungs are healthier and you can breathe and exercise better.
5 yearsYour risk of a heart attack is reduced to half that of a smoker.
10 yearsYour risk of lung cancer reduces to half that of a smoker. Your risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.