There is no safe amount of cigarette smoke. When you smoke, the chemicals in tobacco reach your lungs quickly every time you inhale. Your blood carries the toxins to every part of your body. But after you quit, your body begins to heal within 20 minutes of your last cigarette.
- 20 minutes after you quit smoking there will be a drop in your heart rate.
- 2 hours after you quit smoking your blood pressure levels will return to normal.
- 8 hours after you quit smoking your carbon monoxide levels will drop and you will notice an increase in the flow of oxygen in your body.
- 24 hours after you quit smoking your chances of a heart attack will decrease.
As your body starts to repair itself, you may feel worse instead of better at the start. Withdrawal can be difficult, but it’s a sign that your body is healing.
No Smoking Day 2019
For No Smoking Day this year we decided to ask people who quit smoking about their first 24 hours without a cigarette. Here is what some of the people we have been helping to quit said:
“The first 24 hours during my quit I used nicotine patches and it was ok to start with. However, as the day progressed I began to feel quite ill and kept finding things to do with my hands to take my concentration away from it.”
“My first 24 hours during my quit were hard. I was concerned that I wasn’t going to be able to keep to my quit. I kept reminding myself of all the reasons I needed to do this, and that it would be worth it in the end.“
“The first day was crazy hard. But Vaping really helped me during my quit. I have now been smoke free for 8 months.”
“The detox can be quite cruel at times, and it really had an impact on my sleep quality and fatigue. I have now been smoke free for three weeks and am very determined to keep to my quit.“
The chemicals in cigarettes affect you in more ways than you realise. When you quit and start to see changes in the discomforts you’ve been living with, like headaches, sinus irritation, and fatigue, for instance, you start to put two and two together. When we asked Kathleen about her quitting experience, this is what she said:
“Me and husband decided to quit together mainly for health reasons, but we have also noticed a huge difference financially after our quit. It has been a lot easier to quit with someone else.“
Before he came to us, Keith had been a smoker for 47 years. When we asked what motivates Keith to keep to his quit, he said:
“It is really difficult to quit, but I am glad I did. I am very proud of what I have accomplished in the last 6 weeks.”
Don’t let the fear of quitting stop you. The benefits you’ll experience in the short and long term are well worth the work it takes to achieve, and you’re four times more likely to quit with our support than if you go it alone. To take part in No Smoking Day 2019 on the 13th of March, and find out how we can support you during your quit, visit – http://www.oneyouharingey.org/be-smoke-free/. We are an e-cigarette friendly service!