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?
Why tackle smoking in your client group?
Smoking is one of the major contributors to social disadvantage in Victoria.
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.