Stop smoking

It's never too late to stop smoking! Stopping smoking is the single most important thing that a person can do to improve their health and the health of those around them.  It increases your chance of developing a range of diseases and conditions including heart disease, lung disease, stroke and cancers, so giving up is a good way to help reduce the risk. Each cigarette contains over 4000 toxic chemicals.

If you think it’s too late and the damage is probably already done, remember the benefits of stopping smoking and start immediately!

After 20 minutes
Blood pressure and pulse return to normal

After 8 hours
Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood reduce by half and oxygen levels return to normal.

After 24 hours
Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body

After 48 hours
There is no nicotine left in the body.

After 72 hours
Breathing becomes easier

After 3-9 months
Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases

After one year
Risk of heart attack is half that of a smoker

After 10 years
Risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker


You can get support to help you stop smoking from various sources including your GP, practice nurse, pharmacist and the Northern Trust Smoking Cessation Service - phone 028 2563 5575.

More detailed information is available on the smoking section of our website.

Page last updated:04 February 2013