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No Smoking Day 2017

Today is National No Smoking Day, Are you taking part?

It’s no secret that smoking is bad for your health, but exactly how will stopping make life better? You’ll feel the benefits of stopping smoking from day one. Quick wins such as saving money and fresher breath are followed by long-term rewards for both mental and physical wellbeing.

Here are 7 ways your health will improve when you stop smoking.

1. Breathe easy

People breathe more easily and cough less when they give up smoking because their lung capacity improves by up to 10% within nine months.

2. More energy

Within 2 to 12 weeks of stopping smoking, your blood circulation improves. This makes all physical activity, including walking and running, much easier and more enjoyable.

3. Reduce stress

The withdrawal from nicotine between cigarettes can heighten feelings of stress. As the stress of withdrawal feels the same as other stresses, it’s easy to confuse normal stress with nicotine withdrawal. So, it can seem like smoking is reducing other stresses whereas this is not the case. In fact, scientific studies show people's stress levels are lower after they stop smoking.

4. Stopping smoking improves smell and taste

When you stop smoking, your senses of smell and taste gets a boost. You may notice that food tastes and smells different as your mouth and nose recover from being dulled by the hundreds of toxic chemical found in cigarettes.

5. Younger-looking skin

Stopping smoking has been found to slow facial ageing and delay the appearance of wrinkles. The skin of a non-smoker gets more nutrients, including oxygen, and stopping smoking can reverse the sallow, lined complexion smokers often have.

6. Whiter teeth and sweeter breath

Giving up tobacco stops teeth becoming stained, and you’ll have fresher breath. Ex-smokers are also less likely than smoker to get gum disease and lose their teeth prematurely.

7. Quit smoking to live longer

Half of long-term smokers die early from smoking-related diseases including heart disease, lung cancer and chronic bronchitis. Men who quit smoking by the age of 30 add 10 years to their life. People who kick the habit at 60 add three years to their life.

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