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A smoke-free life has a multitude of benefits for your body and mind.

We now know that quitting is in the best interest of smokers of all ages. The positive effects on your body and brain are well documented, and some can even be felt shortly after smoking your last cigarette. It’s never too late to quit smoking and enjoy a smoke-free life!

Here are just a few of the short- and medium-term benefits:

Within 20 minutes

Your blood pressure and heart rate will gradually return to normal.


After 8 hours

The carbon monoxide and nicotine levels in your body will drop, and the flow of oxygen to your blood and brain will improve.


After 48 hours

The nerve endings responsible for taste and smell will begin to regenerate, allowing you to really savour life.


After 2 weeks

Your breathing capacity could increase by up to 30 percent. Exercise will already feel much easier. Being active doesn’t just have physical benefits, it also improves brain health.

Pro tip!

To help you successfully quit smoking, experts recommend that you clearly identify the reasons why you’re giving up tobacco. Everyone has their own source of motivation! There are plenty of reasons to take this step, whether it’s to save money, regain control over your life, or stay healthy and autonomous for as long as possible.

Quitting smoking is no easy feat. However, each attempt is a big step forward on the road to being tobacco-free—and the rewards are well worth the effort! For instance, breaking the habit even later in life can reduce your risk of heart disease and dementia.

Ready to quit?

  • There are free proven resources to help you. You might want to take a look at this guide: it lists the ones near you!