The benefits of quitting smoking
Quitting gives your health an immediate boost. Within 8 hours, levels of toxic carbon monoxide gas in your bloodstream drop to normal. Within a day, your heart attack risk begins to drop. Over your first smoke-free year, your circulation will improve, your senses of taste and smell will sharpen, and you’ll have fewer lung infections, cough less and have less sinus congestion. After just a year, your odds of developing heart disease drop by half. And the payoffs mount with each smoke-free year: after four years, your chance of having a heart attack falls to that of someone who has never smoked. After 10 years, your lung cancer risk drops to nearly that of a nonsmoker, and your odds for cancers of the mouth, throat, oesophagus, bladder and kidney decrease significantly, too. To help yourself quit successfully, try these strategies.