Benefits of quitting

Health Benefits

Time

Effect

Within a day

  • Almost all of the nicotine is out of your bloodstream.
  • The level of carbon monoxide in your blood has dropped and oxygen can more easily reach your heart and muscles.
  • Your fingertips become warmer and your hands steadier.

Within a week

  • Your sense of taste and smell may improve.
  • Your lungs' natural cleaning system is starting to recover, becoming better at removing mucus, tar and dust from your lungs (exercise helps to clear out your lungs).
  • You have higher blood levels of protective antioxidants such as vitamin C.

Within two months

  • You're coughing and wheezing less.
  • Your immune system is beginning its recovery so your body is better at fighting off infection.
  • Your blood is less thick and sticky and blood flow to your hands and feet has improved.

Within six months

  • Your lungs are working much better, producing less phlegm.
  • You're likely to feel less stressed than when you were smoking.

Quit Victoria 2013

Facts about smoking

  • Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in Victoria.
  • Tobacco smoke is made up of thousands of chemicals and many of them are very harmful. Around 70 of them cause cancer.
  • Smoking harms nearly every organ in your body.
  • Smoking causes bad breath, smelly fingers, hair and clothing, reduces sense of smell and taste, and can lead to cancer and heart disease.
  • On average out of every 1000 deaths in Victoria 119 are caused by smoking (Quit Victoria 2013).
  • Current smoking rates in Victoria sit at 16.1 per cent (ABS 2013).