Benefits of Quitting
There are five successive stages to quitting smoking:
  1. Not thinking about quitting
  2. Thinking about quitting but not yet ready
  3. Getting ready to quit
  4. Quitting
  5. Remaining a non smoker
When smokers quit cigarettes, within twenty minutes of smoking that last and final cigarette a series of changes begin
in your body and your wallet:
After 20 minutes of quitting smoking:
  • Blood pressure decreases
  • Pulse rate drops
  • Body temperature of hands and feet increases
After 12 hours:
  • Carbon monoxide level in blood drops
  • Oxygen level in blood increases
After 24 hours:
  • Almost all of the nicotine is out of your body
  • Your blood pressure and heart rate are dropping towards normal levels
  • Your chance of heart attack decreases
  • You have more oxygen in your blood
Based on smoking a packet a day, after one day of not smoking you’ll have an extra $18 in your pocket. You could treat yourself to a café lunch, a couple of your favourite magazines or hiring a couple of movies.
After 2 days:
  • Your sense of smell taste begin to improve
  • You notice that your skin, hair and breath smell fresher
  • Less carbon monoxide in your system means your lungs are working more efficiently
  • Nerve ending start to re-grow
You’ve saved $28. You could buy a good bottle of wine, take a friend to the movies, buy a book, CD or DVD
After 1 week:
  • The small hair-like structures that clean your lungs (cilia) are starting to work again. Accumulated phlegm from
  • smoking will loosen and you will start to cough it up and get rid of it
  • Your body is purged of most nicotine by-products with the family, a new
You’ve got a crisp $100 bill in your pocket that you wouldn’t normally have. A day out outfit, prepaying one of your bills – imagine that!
After 1 month:
  • Your lungs are working more efficiently
  • Walking and exercising is easier
  • Your blood pressure has returned to normal
  • Your immune system is starting to recover
  • Circulation improves
  • Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decreases
An extra $400 that you wouldn’t have had if you were smoking. The possibilities are increasing as is your health. You could buy a new TV or sound system, you could go away for a weekend break or even pay reduce your credit card bill by more than $400.
After 3 – 6 months:
  • You don’t cough and wheeze as much
  • Your lung function continues to improve
  • Blood flow to the limbs and extremities improves
  • You may feel less stressed or in a better mood than when you were smoking
  • Lungs have regained the capacity to clean themselves properly
After 3 months you’ve saved $1,300. That is enough money to buy yourself a new computer and printer. You could also have a new home theatre package including DVD and speakers in your lounge room. After 6 months you’ll have saved enough money for a down payment on a new car or a lifetime holiday with the $2,600 you would have burned up in smoke.
After 1 year:
  • Your increased risk of premature death from heart attack and coronary heart disease is halved
After a whole year of not smoking you’ll have more than $5,000 in your bank account to spend. Imagine all the possibilities of how you could spend that: new home appliances, a lifetime holiday, $5,000 off your mortgage payments, having your teeth fixed up or having the money set aside as a buffer.
The pre tax amount you would have worked for is a minimum of $6,800 over the whole year. Imagine what it would be like to have the option of reducing the hours you work by one day each week and still have the same amount of money in your wallet at the end of each week…..
After 10 years:
  • Risk of lung cancer drops to as little as one half that of continuing smokers (provided the disease is not already present)
  • Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophageus, bladder, kidney and pancreas disease
  • Risk of stroke is substantially reduced
Within 10 years you’ll have saved $68,000 of pre tax money and that’s calculated at today’s prices. As we all know cigarettes never go down in price do they?
The average smoker’s life is 14 years shorter than the life of a non smoker. So by quitting you are literally adding 14 years onto your life. How much is that worth to you?
After 15 years:
  • Risk of coronary hard disease is now similar to that of lifetime non smokers