Throughout October people across the country are being encouraged to stop smoking. If you can give up for 28 days, you are five times more likely to stop for good.
Public Health England have launched ‘Stoptober’ in a bid to improve physical health. Smoking can leave your body with irreversible damage including lung, mouth, lips, throat, bladder, kidney, liver, stomach and pancreas cancer. It can also lead to heart disease, heart attack and stroke, bronchitis, emphysema and pneumonia.
Smoking kills. Smoking is one of the UK’s biggest killers. Every single year 100,000 people die.
What happens to your body when you stop smoking?
- Your blood pressure and pulse will return to normal after 20 minutes
- Your lungs will start to clear after 24 hours
- Your taste and smell will improve and your body will be nicotine-free after two days
- Breathing will be easier after three days
- Your circulation will improve after 12 weeks
- Your coughing, sneezing and wheezing will reduce after three to nine months
- Your risk of heart attack will half (compared to a smoker) after a year.
- Your risk of lung cancer will half (compared to a smoker) after ten years.
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