1 year after quitting smoking your risk of dying of heart disease is halved

Quitting smoking halves your risk of dying of heart disease

The benefits of quitting smoking have been widely disseminated in public health campaigns of recent decades - a far cry from the advertising campaigns that featured doctors as ambassadors of smoking in the early 1900s. Nevertheless, the benefits of quitting smoking are now clear and smoking as a cultural norm is quickly becoming a fact of history. For those who have not yet kicked the habit, the immediate benefits of doing so might be enough to encourage you to put the cigarettes down:

  • After 12 hours, almost all nicotine will be out of your system.
  • After 24 hours, the level of carbon monoxide in your blood will drop dramatically and you will have more oxygen in your bloodstream.
  • Within 1 month, your blood pressure returns to its normal level and your immune system begins to show signs of recovery.
  • After 2 months, your lungs will no longer be producing extra phlegm caused by smoking.
  • After 1 year, your risk of dying of heart disease is half of what it would have been if you kept smoking

The Lung Foundation of Australia