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Benefits to clients

The benefits of quitting smoking are endless. If you're looking for information to motivate smokers to push through and quit, we have a breadth of resources.

Improves mental health & substance use outcomes

Quitting smoking also has a positive impact on mental health. For people experiencing mental health or drug and alcohol issues quitting smoking can lead to:

  • improvements in depression, anxiety, and stress
  • enhanced recovery and rehabilitation outcomes
  • reductions in some medications
  • decreased  drug and/or alcohol consumption

Save more money

The cost of smoking brings the most disadvantaged populations further into poverty and hardship. By quitting, a ‘pack a day’ smoker will save up to $9,500 a year, which is money that could instead be spent on food, secure accommodation or family.  

Improved physical health

As soon as you stop smoking your body begins to repair itself.  After quitting, ex-smokers will soon notice the short-term improvements to their physical health.  Over longer periods of time, quitting enhances life expectancy and reduces risk of suffering smoking related illness or disease. 

How quickly does the body repair after quitting smoking?

Within 24 hours:

  • Almost all the nicotine and carbon monoxide is out of the system.

Within a week:

  • Sense of smell and taste improves
  • The lungs begin to recover and clean themselves properly (removing mucus, tar and dust)

Within 3 months:

  • Lung function continues to improve leading to less coughing and wheezing
  • Increased blood flow to hands and feet
  • Immunity improves, reducing likeliness of getting sick

After 1 year

  • Breathing much more easily

Within 2-5 years

  • Risk of heart attack or stroke begins to decrease

After 10 years

  • Risk of lung cancer is lower than that of a continuing smoker

After 15 years:

  • Risk of heart attack and stroke is close to that of a person who has never smoked heart attack and stroke is close to that of a person who has never smoked

How much would your clients save each year by reducing or stopping their smoking?

Suggested Resources

Why tackle smoking in your client group?

Smoking is one of the major contributors to social disadvantage in Victoria.

Find out more

The Tackling Tobacco Program

Tackling Tobacco is a framework developed by Cancer Council NSW that services can implement to create a smokefree culture and reduce smoking rates of clients, staff and community members.

Find out more

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