Surprising Benefits of Quitting Smoking in the First Week
2024 is here, and it's the perfect time to start your quit journey. Join the thousands of smokers committing to quitting this year.
Quitting has many benefits, such as having more energy, feeling healthier, breathing better, and having extra money in your pocket. Here, we explore five surprising health improvements you can expect within that crucial first week of becoming smoke-free.
1. Improved sense of taste and smell:
Within 48 hours of quitting smoking, your sense of taste and smell will recover. Smoking impairs these senses by damaging the taste buds. As your body starts to heal, you'll notice food tastes better. This improvement can make your meals more enjoyable and encourage healthier eating habits.
2. Increased energy levels:
In the first week after quitting, many ex-smokers report a noticeable increase in their energy levels. This is because quitting smoking improves oxygen circulation throughout your body. You'll find breathing easier, and your lung capacity will gradually increase, making physical activities less exhausting.
3. Enhanced heart health:
One of the most surprising health benefits of quitting smoking is the rapid improvement in your cardiovascular system - your heart. Within the first week, your heart rate and blood pressure will begin to return to normal. This reduces the strain on your heart and decreases the risk of heart-related issues. Over time, your risk of heart attack and stroke will significantly decrease, adding years to your life.
4. Reduced risk of respiratory infections:
Smoking weakens your immune system and makes you more susceptible to respiratory infections like the common cold and flu. Within a few days of quitting, your immune system starts to recover. Coughing and shortness of breath will also diminish as your body repairs the cilia in your airways, which are responsible for clearing mucus and debris. This means fewer sick days and more time to enjoy life.
5. Better skin and appearance:
Quitting smoking can work wonders for your skin. The chemicals in cigarettes can lead to premature ageing, causing wrinkles and a dull complexion. Improved blood flow and oxygen levels within the first week will rejuvenate your skin, giving it a healthier, more youthful appearance. You'll also notice that your teeth and nails look healthier as staining from tobacco use begins to fade.
This year it’s not just about quitting; it's about getting the support you need to succeed. On average, smokers spend £38.59 a week on tobacco. That means they could have around £2,000 more to spend a year by quitting.
Our health coaches offer free expert support and guidance to people seeking support to quit smoking successfully. We offer a confidential, safe, and non-judgmental environment to provide personalised support to help you overcome addiction and withdrawal to successfully quit.
Start to take control of tobacco today. For free help and support contact us now on 0800 122 3866. Let this year be the start of your smoke-free, healthier, and happier life.