Stop Smoking

What happens when you quit?

The sooner you quit, the sooner you’ll notice changes to your body and health. Look at what happens when you quit for good.

After 20 minutes

Check your pulse rate, it will already be starting to return to normal.

After 48 hours

All carbon monoxide is flushed out. Your lungs are clearing out mucus and your senses of taste and smell are improving.

After 2 to 12 weeks

Blood will be pumping through to your heart and muscles much better because your circulation will have improved.

After 1 year

Your risk of heart attack will have halved compared with a smoker’s.

After 8 hours

Your oxygen levels are recovering, and the harmful carbon monoxide level in your blood will have reduced by half.

After 72 hours

If you notice that breathing feels easier, it’s because your bronchial tubes have started to relax. Also your energy will be increasing.

After 3 to 9 months

Any coughs, wheezing or breathing problems will be improving as your lung function increases by up to 10%.

After 10 years

Your risk of death from lung cancer will have halved compared with a smoker’s.

Stop Smoking Service

To find help and advice to quit smoking people can contact the Living Well Stop Smoking Service on 01274 437700.

Appointments can be made face to face, over the phone and by email, whatever works best for you.


Telephone: 01274 437700

Website: Smoking – Living Well

Email: stopsmokingservice@bradford.gov.uk

Download the free NHS Smokefree app

Download the free NHS Smokefree app to help you quit smoking and start breathing easier.

The app allows you to:

  • track your progress
  • see how much you’re saving
  • get daily support

If you can make it to 28 days smoke-free, you’re 5 times more likely to quit for good!

Download the free NHS Smokefree app Download the free NHS Smokefree app