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Stopping smoking isn’t easy, but greatly improves your health and finances.

Smoking causes extensive damage to your body and your second hand smoke can also cause problems for everybody else too.

Smoking is unattractive and is very expensive.

Timeline of being smoke-free

The benefits are almost instant. As soon as a person stops smoking their body begins to recover in the following ways:

After 20 minutes

20 minutes after you have smoked your last cigarette your heart rate returns to normal, your blood pressure drops, and your circulation may start to improve.

After 12 hours

Your body cleanses itself of the excess carbon monoxide and your oxygen levels increase.

After 1 day

Your improved blood pressure levels decreases the risk of heart attack after one day of quitting smoking.
Physical exercise and activity becomes easier as your oxygen levels rise.

After 2 days

You may notice food tastes and smells better as the nerve endings responsible for these senses start to heal.

After 3 days

Around 3 days after quitting, you may experience moodiness and irritability, headaches, and cravings. But don’t give up. It’s just your body getting used to living without nicotine. Rest up and treat yourself. You are doing great!

After 1 month

Your lungs heal and their function begins to improve. You may notice less coughing and shortness of breath. Your ability to exercise improves in leaps and bounds.

After 1-3 months

For the next several months after quitting, circulation continues to improve.

After 9 months

Your lungs have now healed themselves significantly and you will be less prone to lung infections.

After 1 year

Your risk for coronary heart disease has decreased by half and will continue to drop. This risk will continue to drop past the 1-year mark. You are also less likely to develop blood clots.

The stop smoking clinic has given me the confidence to cut out cigarettes completely. I wanted to stop when I found out I was pregnant as I had a really tough time quitting. They were always understanding and very patient with me. They were always there for me to talk to me when I was feeling low. With there time and help I've managed to quit for a healthier life for myself and my son and I can't thank them enough.

Rebeca Ellis (Byker)

My health is much better now and I have more money in my pocket since quitting. I would recommend the Newcastle stop smoking service to all my friends that are still smoking.

Hannah (West Denton)

How much money could you save by stopping smoking?

Answer the two questions below and then click “Calculate” to see how much money you could save!


Your savings

Please note that the figures above are simply an indication of how much you could save based on the cost of a packet of cigarettes and your daily intake.