Benefits of Quitting Smoking
Did you know tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable burden in Australia1 and that the health benefits of quitting smoking are felt within the first hour?
If you’re curious to know what happens after you quit smoking, we have the answers.
Quit Smoking Timeline of Health Benefits
Your body transforms when you stop smoking.
- 20 minutes
Your body deigns a series of changes that continue for years. Your resting heart rate reduces (a key indicator of your overall fitness level)
- 12 hours
The carbon monoxide level in your blood reduces dramatically. You have improved oxygen levels in your blood.2
- 2 to 12 weeks
Your heart attack risk begins to reduce. Your circulation improves. You will find exercise much easier. Your lung function improves.
- 1 to 9 months
Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems get better as your lung function is increased.
- 1 year
Your heart-attack risk reduces by half.
- 5 years
Your heart-attack risk falls to about half that of a smoker.
- 10 years
The risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker. The risk of heart attack falls to same as someone who has never smoked.
You’ll also experience these physical effects when you quit smoking:3
- Improved fertility
- Healthier looking skin
- Whiter teeth and fresher breath
- Improved senses
- Better smelling clothes
- Less stress
- More money
- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare - Tobacco
- Department of Health - Why quit smoking?
- Tobacco in Australia - Health and other benefits of quitting