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Going smokefree isn't easy, but when you see the drastic improvements to your life and health, you'll want to get your action plan going as quickly as you can.

How will my health benefit?

  • You will reduce your risk of developing illness, disability or death caused by cancer, heart or lung disease
  • You will protect the health of those around you by not exposing them to second-hand smoke
  • You will reduce the chances of your children suffering from asthma or glue ear
  • You will improve your fertility levels and your chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby
  • You will improve your breathing and general fitness
  • You will enjoy the taste of food more.

How soon will I notice the difference?

20 minutes after quitting

Blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal.

8 hours

Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by half, oxygen levels return to normal.

24 hours

Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.

48 hours

There is no nicotine in the body. Ability to taste and smell is greatly improved.

72 hours

Breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.

2–12 weeks

Your circulation improves.

3–9 months

Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10 percent.

5 years

Risk of heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.

10 years

Risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker. Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.

Visit our Smoking services page for information about where to access support to help you quit smoking in West Sussex. 


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