7 amazing things that happen when you quit smoking

In fact, the effects of giving up smoking on your body are so incredible, it’s more than worth braving the nicotine cravings with the help of Nicotinell. Happy Stoptober!

20 minutes…

After your very last puff, your body starts to begin its recovery process! Yep, heart rate and blood pressure return to normal less than half an hour after that last bit of stimulation from nicotine. Amazing.

2-3 days…

If you want to quit smoking without support, yes, it’s hard, but know that your efforts will seriously pay off, even in this short timeframe. Because – drumroll, please – there will be no nicotine left in your body by this point. Your sense of taste and smell will have improved*, too, so mealtimes will become even more of a joy. But don’t feel you’ve failed if you struggle with nicotine cravings and need some help – Nicotine Replacement Therapy (aka NRT – scroll down for the Nicotinell range) can double your chances of successfully quitting. We like those odds.

1 month…

Ready for a triple-treat of positives? Firstly, negative emotions caused by withdrawal – such as anxiety, anger, insomnia, mild depression – are likely to have subsided by now (if not, see your GP). Secondly, you should notice your hair and skin looking fresher. Thirdly, if you’ve made it this far smoke-free, you’re five times more likely to stay smoke free for good. Talk about great incentives…

6 months

If you’ve always fancied running, this might be the time to start the Couch to 5K** – not only may your energy levels have risen, but you may also be saying goodbye to that pesky, smoking-induced shortness of breath, too. That’s because your lungs may have started to heal from some of the damage caused by those ciggies. Time to (literally) breathe easy.

1 year

Huge congratulations (and some hefty health bonuses) will be yours if you stay ciggie-free this long – because you’re 50% less likely to have a heart attack, a stroke or get heart disease. As benefits go, there are some pretty major wins right there.

5-10 years

You’ll have discovered by now that quitting smoking is the gift that keeps on giving! Your risk of getting diabetes or having a stroke is now that of a non-smoker. Wow!

10 years

If you’re smoke-free a decade on, you’ll still be getting some serious rewards. Your risk of getting lung cancer is now half that of a smoker, and the odds of you getting other cancers, such as those of the mouth and the pancreas, have reduced drastically. With all these benefits – and even more to come – defeating those nicotine cravings was a tough battle definitely worth having.

Your nicotine cravings kit

Nicotinell has an extensive range of NRT products to help you win the war against your nicotine cravings and the range is in three formats: lozenge, patch and gum (plus different pack sizes, strengths and flavours).

Nicotinell Compressed Lozenges 1mg Mint Sugar Free (96-pack): the UK’s No.1-selling nicotine replacement lozenge†† is the ideal product within the Nicotinell range if you smoke fewer than 20 cigarettes a day.

Nicotinell Mint 2mg Medicated Chewing Gum (204-pack): for fast, on-the-go nicotine craving relief. Chew this gum when you have an urge to smoke – most people use between 8-12 a day.

Nicotinell Compressed Lozenge 2mg Mint Sugar Free (204-pack): if you smoke 20-30+ a day, suck one of these when nicotine cravings hit (up to 15 per day).

If you smoke more than 20 cigarettes per day and would prefer 24 hours of discreet nicotine-craving relief, consider Step 1 Nicotinell TTS Patches 21mg/24 hour (7-pack).

If you smoke fewer than 20 cigarettes a day or you have completed Step 1, move to Step 2 Nicotinell TTS Patches 14mg/24 hour (7-pack).

If you have completed Step 2, use Step 3 Nicotinell TTS Patches 7mg/24 hour (7-pack). (NB: Do not start the patch programme at Step 3).

*Based on improvements of between 42% and 80%. **Those with medical conditions should seek medical advice from a GP before embarking on new forms of exercise. †Nicotinell compressed lozenge, medicated gum and TTS patches are stop-smoking aids. Contain nicotine. Require willpower. Always read the label. ††Visit for claim verification. Neilsen Scantrack Data, Total Coverage GB, Unit Sales, MAT to WE 30.11.2019.