Benefits of quitting or reducing smoking

Although cutting back your smoking is a major challenge, the benefits become apparent almost immediately. After just a few hours, you’ll notice an improvement in the way you feel — and it only gets better after that.

How you’ll feel

You’ll begin to feel better almost immediately. You’ll notice several positive changes. Your sense of taste and sense of smell will improve. Flavours and scents will be more intense. You will notice an increase in physical energy and stamina.

Below, you can see how the body gradually recovers when you quit smoking.

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20 minutes
AFTER
20
MINUTES
Your blood pressure drops to a level similar to what it was before your last cigarette.
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8 hours
AFTER
8
HOURS
The level of carbon monoxide (a toxic gas) in you blood drops to normal.
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24 hours
AFTER
24
HOURS
Your risk of having a heart attack starts to drop.
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2 weeks
AFTER
2-3
WEEKS
The airways in your lungs relax and you can get more air into your lungs and breathe easier.
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1-9 months
AFTER
1-9
MONTHS
You cough less and your lungs work even better.
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1 year
AFTER
1
YEAR
Your added risk of coronary heart disease is half than that of a smoker's.
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5 years
AFTER
5
YEARS
You have the same chance of having a stroke as a nonsmoker.
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10 years
AFTER
10
YEARS
Your chance of dying from lung cancer is much lower. So is your chance of getting cancer in your mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and/or pancreas.
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15 years
AFTER
15
YEARS
Your risk of coronary heart disease is similar to that of a nonsmoker.

Source: Health Canada, Smoking and tobacco – Benefits of Quitting, 2012-01-12

How you’ll look

You’ll also notice improvements in your physical appearance. With higher oxygen levels in your smoke-free body, you’ll experience better circulation. The benefits of quitting can also seem age-defying, as you won’t develop wrinkles around your mouth or eyes as quickly.

How you’ll act

After a few weeks of not smoking, you may notice some subtle but welcome changes in your day-to-day activities. Now that you’re not frequently stopping what you’re doing to light up a cigarette, you may find you’re a bit more productive.

How you’ll save

SAVINGS

$0.00 in one year*

$0.00 in one month*

$0.00 in one week*

$0.00 in one day*

*Savings is an estimate only

Benefits of quitting or reducing smoking

Although cutting back your smoking is a major challenge, the benefits become apparent almost immediately. After just a few hours, you’ll notice an improvement in the way you feel — and it only gets better after that.