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Stop smoking start repairing – health benefits for women

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Publication date: 
24 May 2017
Last updated: 
20 January 2020
Publication type: 
Intended audience: 
General public

Every cigarette you don’t smoke is doing you good.

  • Today — quit before getting pregnant and your risk of having a pre-term baby is reduced to that of a non-smoker
  • In 12 hours — excess carbon monoxide is out of your blood
  • In 5 days — most nicotine is out of your body
  • In 1 week — your sense of taste and smell improves
  • In 1 month – skin appearance is likely to improve
  • In 3 months — your lung function begins to improve
  • In 12 months — your risk of heart disease has halved