It’s quitting time! Stick with us to stub it out
If you want to stop smoking, there’s no time like the present. Having a positive attitude towards doing so is the first step to reducing the temptation to light up.
We know that quitting for good is one of the hardest resolutions or promises we make to ourselves, so we’re here to give you a helping hand towards a smoke-free future.
Reasons to quit
What are the benefits of stopping smoking? Well, we’re glad you asked. Listed below are just a handful of changes you can expect to see when you quit for good, some of which take less than 24 hours to kick in.
Our bodies have the amazing ability to heal themselves, and it’s never too late to stop smoking and start living healthier.
Quitting smoking increases your lung capacity as a bigger volume of oxygen is reaching the bloodstream. When you quit, carbon monoxide is eliminated from your body and your lungs start to repair the damage caused by it.
Once you quit, your blood circulation improves. In as little as 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your heart rate returns to normal.
When you stop smoking your chances of having a healthy pregnancy is increased, so too is your fertility. In women the lining of the womb improves, and in men, the count and quality of sperm improves.
Smoking increases the normal ageing process of your skin. When you quit, the skin receives more nutrients like oxygen, reducing the appearances of wrinkles, 'smoker’s lines' (vertical lines around the mouth) and 'crow’s feet' which appear around the outer edges of your eyes.
Whiter teeth are on the horizon when you quit, as giving up tobacco will help stop teeth being tinged yellow. You’re less likely to develop gum disease, too.
It’s never too late to benefit from quitting altogether, and going smoke-free will not only add years onto your life, but also greatly improve your chances of living without a limiting disease.
Blood flow is improved when you stub it out, which leads to better erections for men and orgasms for women.
Smell and taste
Quitting boosts your sense of smell and taste, as your mouth and nose recover from being damaged by toxic chemicals in cigarettes.
Breathing in second-hand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer, stroke and heart disease. When you give up smoking, your family and friends feel the benefit of you quitting too.
Cutting out cigarettes can improve aspects of your mental health including your mood. Anxiety levels in those who suffer are reduced when you quit, and stress levels are lowered too.
Did you know you’re four times more likely to stop smoking with support?