Help to Quit Smoking Products
The first best thing you can do to improve your health is to stop smoking. If you’re here because you’re thinking about or have decided to stop smoking – congratulations! It’s a big step forward to a healthier lifestyle. We have a wide range of nicotine replacement tablets, patches, gum and sprays to help you on your journey. Shop them here today. Read more
What’s the best way to stop smoking?
We’ve put together an article with some great advice on how to stop smoking. We cover topics such as listing the reasons you want to quit, being prepared, nicotine replacement therapy such as stop smoking gum, triggers, cravings, withdrawal and much more. As always, you can also chat with our pharmacist, who can help you with more expert advice.
What happens to your body when you stop smoking?
You probably know the overall benefits you’ll experience when you stop smoking, but did you know they start after just 20 minutes? Here’s a rundown of what happens:
- After 20 minutes: your pulse starts to return to normal.
- After 8 hours: Oxygen levels start to recover and the carbon monoxide in your blood is halved.
- After 48 hours: All carbon monoxide is cleared from your body, your lungs start clearing out mucus and your sense of taste and smell improve.
- After 72 hours: Breathing feels easier as your bronchial tubes start to relax.
- After 2 - 12 weeks: Your circulation is improved, which means better blood flow to your muscles and heart.
- After 3 - 9 months: Lung function increases by up to 10% so any coughs, wheezing and breathing problems will start improving.
- After 1 year: Your risk of heart attack will be half that of a smoker.
- After 10 years: Risk of death from lung cancer will be half that of a smoker.
How long does it take to stop smoking?
The length of time it takes depends on how you decide to stop smoking. If you’re going cold turkey, you can expect your withdrawal symptoms to peak around 3 days and last for a couple of weeks. If you can get through those first weeks, it gets easier. If you want to first start cutting down, or replacing every second cigarette with something like a nicotine spray, it’ll take longer – but you might find it more comfortable. No matter, which way you try, or even how long it takes you, the fact that you’re doing it is great. And we’ll be here to support you every step of the way.