Good reasons to quit

Health Benefits: Quit Victoria 2014

You will feel the benefits of quitting straight away as your body repairs itself.

Time Effect

Within a day

  • Almost all of the nicotine is out of your bloodstream.
  • The level of carbon monoxide in your blood has dropped and oxygen can more easily reach your heart and muscles.
  • Your fingertips become warmer and your hands steadier.

Within a week

  • Your sense of taste and smell may improve.
  • Your lungs' natural cleaning system is starting to recover, becoming better at removing mucus, tar and dust from your lungs (exercise helps to clear out your lungs).
  • You have higher blood levels of protective antioxidants such as vitamin C.

Within 2 months

  • You're coughing and wheezing less.
  • Your immune system is beginning its recovery so your body is better at fighting off infection.
  • Your blood is less thick and sticky and blood flow to your hands and feet has improved.

Within 6 months

  • Your lungs are working much better, producing less phlegm.
  • You're likely to feel less stressed than when you were smoking.

The harms of smoking

  • Smoking causes bad breath; smelly fingers, hair and clothing; reduces sense of smell and taste, and can lead to cancer and heart disease.
  • Smoking harms nearly every organ in your body.
  • Tobacco smoke is made up of thousands of chemicals and many of them are very harmful. Around 70 of them cause cancer.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in Victoria.
  • On average out of every 1,000 deaths in Victoria: 119 are caused by smoking (Quit Victoria 2013).
  • Current smoking rates in Victoria sit at 16.1% (ABS 2013).

To Quit

To support those who wish to quit, there are a range of programs and services available through University Health Service, and Counselling.
Resources are available on the Quit website on services best for your quit journey. If you would like direct support you can contact the Quitline on 13 78 48.

Read Kylies QUIT Success Story

I started smoking when I was 16 years old due to peer pressure. It seemed the cool thing to do, but recently, as I was approaching my 40th birthday, I decided it was time for things to change. It was costing far too much and I could see my health was not the best.

Monash Uni Quit program gave me the head start I needed. It showed me why I was smoking and gave my the tools I needed to start quitting. I found the program to be extremely beneifical and would recommend it to anyone that is thinking of quitting smoking to give it a go.

I have now been smoke free for 5 months and run 5km most days. I feel much healthier, have more energy and my bank balance loves it too. Quitting has its challenges but one thing the Quit program taught me is " to never give up on giving up"

Read Sharon's QUIT Success Story

In Sharon's words, she had her first puff on a cigarette in mid primary school but actually started smoking at about 11 or 12.   At 53, Sharon had been smoking on and off for a long time. She gave up after finding out she was pregnant but then took it up again after 5 years. She gave it up again following a serious accident when she found out her lungs were full of blood clots making it extremely difficult to breathe.  But again, she returned to smoking.

This time, she believes that she's really staying QUIT!

"What I found the MOST beneficial during the QUIT course was learning about the habitual and emotional aspects of the addiction;  I understood the chemical addiction.  In my experience the chemical addiction was the easiest to address due to the many products available on the market, Nicotine patches, sprays etc.  I had tried almost everything, including meditation and hypnotherapy. However, what I had not done previously was address all three aspects of the addiction at the same time, so even when the chemical addiction was being addressed I would always go back to smoking if something affected me emotionally; either good or bad.

The QUIT program was great and the educator, Judy was a lovely and most importantly non-judgmental. The sessions were very casual which allowed for the combination of a structured lesson and informal chatting about the addiction and it's relationship to life in general.  What's really great, is that it is also so convenient to be able to attend a course like this during work time (with the support of my manager), with no travel time and no cost.

I would definitely encourage anyone who's thinking about giving up to attend a QUIT program.  Its really helped me!