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Quitting smoking prolongs your lifespan. Let's start now!
Former smokers live longer than continuing smokers. Quitting smoking has major and immediate health benefits for all, with or without smoking-related diseases, and regardless of gender and age.
For a start, smoking cessation decreases the risks of many types of strokes, cancers, heart attacks and chronic lung diseases within one short year. Women who stop smoking before pregnancy or in their first trimester reduce their risks of birth complications to that of non-smokers.
So why not quit today?
Health benefits of quitting
Within 8 Hours
Carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
Oxygen level in your blood increases.
Within 48 Hours
Your chances of having a heart attack decreases.
Your sense of smell and taste improves.
Within 72 Hours
Breathing eases as your bronchial tubes relax.
Your decline in lung function stops.
Your energy levels increase.
Blood circulation improves.
Blood pressure returns to normal.
For men, sperm count returns to normal. For women, fertility improves.
Your lung capacity increases, making walking and aerobic activity easier.
Within 1 Year
Your risk of smoking-related heart attack is reduced by 50%.
Within 10 Years
Your risk of lung, bladder, kidney and pancreatic cancers decreases.
For more information, please call QuitLine at 1800 438 2000.
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