Smoking & Tobacco Information
Smoking is something that not only affects you, but it directly affects the lives of all those around you. If you're someone wanting a change for the better by improving your health and the health of your wallet, then look at the following information on how you can take another step toward quitting. There are many ways a person can obtain support on their road to quitting; find the right way that works for you.
Health Benefits of Quitting Smoking
What a difference a smoke-free day makes! Quitting now means immediate benefits to your health. And it just keeps getting better.
The day you have your last cigarette, your body begins to heal itself…
20 minutes after quitting, your blood pressure drops to your pre-cigarette level.
8 hours after quitting, the carbon monoxide in your blood drops to normal.
24 hours after quitting, you lower your chances of having a heart attack.
48 hours after quitting, your sense of smell and taste improve and begin to return to normal.
In the months and years to come, your body continues to recover…
2 weeks to 3 months after quitting, your circulation improves and your lungs work better. (Try taking the stairs now!)
9 months after quitting, you experience less coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath
1 year after quitting, your risk of heart disease is about half of what it would have been if you had continues to smoke.
5 years after quitting, your risk of stroke is greatly reduced. Within 5 to 15 years after quitting, it becomes about the same as a non-smoker’s risk.
10 years after quitting, your risk of dying from lung cancer is about half of what it would have been if you had continued to smoke. Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas also decreases.
15 years after quitting, your risk of heart disease is the same as a non-smoker’s risk.
Over half the people who have ever smoked in Canada have quit. You can too!
Alberta Quits operates within Alberta Health Services and is a free way to get personalized tips on how to quit smoking. This website has many helpful tips and suggestions to get you one step closer toward quitting. Featuring tips on Medication Prescriptions you could look into, and a Guide for other Medications. Calculate your Savings and see the savings by quitting and see how much less tar your body will succumb to each year.
Alberta Quits - Fact Sheets
Second & Third Hand Smoke - The Reality
Smoking & Pregnancy
Costs & Benefits Workseet
- Get a visual of the Pros & Cons of Smoking by writting them down on this handy worksheet
American Lung Association
A resourceful website helping you maintain healthy lungs and ways to help you quit this nasty habit.