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Check in with your lungs by checking out our FAQs answering some of the most common questions asked by people attempting to quit smoking.
Quitting is always going to be tough, but seeking support from your healthcare professional will give you the motivation, resources and practical quitting skills you need to support your quitting journey. Your healthcare professional can also recommend medication to ease your withdrawal symptoms and cigarette cravings.
The effects of quitting are immediate.
- After 12 hours, almost all nicotine will be out of your system.
- After 24 hours, the level of carbon monoxide in your blood will drop dramatically and you will have more oxygen in your bloodstream.
- Within 1 month, your blood pressure returns to its normal level and your immune system begins to show signs of recovery.
- After 2 months, your lungs will no longer be producing extra phlegm caused by smoking.
- After 1 year, your risk of dying of heart diseases is half of what it would have been if you kept smoking.
Cravings and withdrawals are a common part of quitting, but they become less frequent and weaker as time goes by. Cravings are often triggered by specific situations, so it’s useful to identify your triggers and plan coping strategies. For instance, if you always smoke after dinner, you could clean your teeth straight away, wash the dishes or go for a walk. Anti-smoking medications will reduce both cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Mistakes are a part of the quitting process. The best thing you can do is learn from the slip up to improve your future quitting attempts. While the process will be difficult, it is important to remember that even reducing your smoking to 1 – 4 cigarettes per day will cause you to have a significantly higher risk of heart attack and lung cancer compared to people who don’t smoke.
1 in 5 people who smoke will lose weight when they are quitting smoking. For those that do gain weight, the average weight gain after quitting is 2 – 3 kg. The best advice is to eat sensibly, exercise regularly and focus on your main goal: quitting smoking.
A great incentive to quit smoking is to think about how much money you’ll save, not only on the cost of cigarettes but on related costs like medical, dental bills and higher insurance premiums. For example, if you quit smoking a pack of cigarettes a day you are likely to save around $6,500 per year! You can find out exactly how much you will save through the icanQuit cost savings calculator.
Lung Foundation Australia offer you the opportunity to chat to others on their quitting journey as well as a range of healthcare professionals to find the advice that’s right for you. Check out when the next forum will be.