The 8 facts you should know.

Fact 1: Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health.

After quitting smoking, your overall physical and mental health will improve dramatically.  Within 6 hours, your heart rate will slow, and your blood pressure will stabilise. Within a week, you'll have higher levels of protective antioxidants such as vitamin C. Your risk of disease and cancer will continue to drop the longer you stay quit.

Fact 2: Quitting can improve your mood and relieve stress, anxiety and depression.

Smoking causes stress long term. Withdrawal symptoms include stress, anxiety and feelings of depression. Continuing to smoke only feeds this cycle.

If you quit, you'll feel less physically, emotionally and financially stressed. You may even find you have a more positive outlook on life. Some tips for managing stress include going for a walk, talking with friends, or meditating.

Fact 3: Nicotine is very addictive

Research suggests that nicotine is one of the most addictive substances in the world. Almost one-third of people who smoke become addicted. This is a much higher addiction rate than for users of heroin (23%), cocaine (17%), alcohol (15%), and cannabis (9%).

Fact 4: Every smoke you don't have is doing you good.

Every cigarette you don't smoke saves you money and time that can be better used elsewhere.

Fact 5: The sooner you quit, the better- but it is never too late!

Quitting at any age will greatly reduce your risk of disease and death. However, the earlier you stop, the greater the benefit. If you quit smoking by 30, your life expectancy will be similar to someone that has never smoked. Quitting by 50 decreases your risk of dying by half in the next 15 years.

Fact 6: Quit-smoking medicines and nicotine replacement products are safe and effective ways to quit.

People who use nicotine replacement products or quit-smoking medicines are more likely to quit successfully. Quitline can help you understand how to get the most out of these products and ensure you use them correctly. Contact Quitline on 13 78 48.

Fact 7: The long-term health effects of e-cigarettes (vaping) are unknown.

It's also unclear whether they're effective in assisting people in quitting smoking. No brand of e-cigarette has been approved under the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.

Fact 8: Quitting will help protect your loved ones from the harm caused by second-hand smoke.

Having your home as a smoke-free environment reduces the cancer risk for your loved ones (including your pets). It also helps decrease the uptake of smoking among youth in your care.

Last updated: January 2023