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Smoking – Quit Now and Feel Better in 8 Hours!

Information from the Canadian Cancer Society:

The single best thing you can do to improve your health is to quit smoking. And the improvements start almost right away. As soon as you stop smoking, your body begins to cleanse itself of tobacco poisons. Here’s how:

  • Oxygen levels in your blood increase and carbon monoxide levels drop within 8 hours.
  • Your sense of smell and taste begin to improve after 2 days.
  • You’ll find it easier to breathe within 2 weeks to 3 months because your lungs are working better.
  • Coughing, sinus congestion, tiredness and shortness of breath improve within 6 months.
  • Your risk of a smoking-related heart attack is reduced by half after 1 year.

Getting help to quit

Smokers’ Helpline is a free, confidential service that can help you develop a quit program, offer you support and refer you to services in your community.

Our One Step at a Time quit guides can help you quit smoking.

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