Even if you’ve smoked for a very long time, you will still notice changes to your body and health when you stop.
This is what happens when you quit for good: After 20 minutes your heart rate will return to normal
- After 8 hours your oxygen levels return to normal and carbon monoxide levels in your blood reduce by more than half
- After 72 hours your breathing will become easier
- After 84 hours your sense of smell and taste improve
- After 3-9 months any coughs, wheezing or breathing problems will have started to improve as your lung function increases
- After 1 year your risk of heart attack will have halved
- After 10 years your risk of death from lung cancer will have halved
I’ve stopped smoking, but how do I stop vaping?
If you have been using a vaping product for a while and feel confident that you will not go back to smoking, you might feel the time is right to stop vaping too. You can do this by reducing how much you use your vape over time, and by gradually reducing the strength of nicotine in your e-liquid.
But make sure you don’t rush this step – only reduce your vaping frequency or nicotine strength when you feel sure you won’t go back to smoking.