At Humber Health Services we have trained healthcare professionals who are certified smoking cessation counselors.

What happens when you quit?

The benefits to your health when you quit are almost immediate:

  • 20 minutes: Your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal.
  • 8 hours: Oxygen levels in your blood return to normal.
  • 24 hours: Carbon monoxide has been eliminated from your body. Your lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.
  • 48 hours: There is no nicotine left in your body. Your ability to taste and smell is greatly improved.
  • 72 hours: Breathing becomes easier. Your bronchial tubes begin to relax and your energy levels increase.
  • 2-12 weeks: Circulation improves throughout the body, making walking and running a whole lot easier.
  • 3-9 months: Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems get better as your lung function is increased by up to 10%.
  • 5 years: Heart attack risk falls to about half that of a smoker.
  • 10 years: Risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker. The risk of heart attack falls to same as someone who has never smoked.

A good way to begin any major health related change is to consult with your doctor and get a check-up. If you don't have a family doctor, you can book an appointment with one of our health centre doctors or look for a doctor in the community through the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

For smokers who want to quit

How you go about quitting, whether you stop cold-turkey, cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke daily, use nicotine replacement therapy or smoking cessation therapy, join a support group or have individual counselling is up to you. Everyone is different and the way you choose to quit is unique to you. Remember that having a plan is the key to success. Find out about your options. Think about why you smoke. Weigh the pros and cons of smoking. Reconsider the costs of smoking – damage to your health, premature aging and wrinkling of the skin, less money in your wallet, smelly breath and clothing, loss of taste and smell.

Check out the Leave the Pack Behind website for more on your options: getting ready to quit, getting a little help from your friends, benefits of quitting, what to expect from withdrawal symptoms, dealing with stress, your weight and more.

Resources to help you quit smoking

There are many free resources in the community to help you quit smoking. Talking to someone or joining a support group, calling the Smoker’s Helpline, will all increase your chances of remaining smoke-free.

Using Nicotine Replacement Therapy available without a prescription, can double your chances of becoming smoke-free. Your doctor can prescribe smoking cessation therapy which affects chemicals in your brain to reduce nicotine cravings.

Smoker’s Helpline

Phone support Ready to talk about quitting? Call a Quit Specialist for free, confidential, one-to-one support. Tel. 1-877-513-5333.

On-line support On-line program Get free 24/7 access to a supportive community and self-help program. Monitor your progress with your Quit Meter. Interactive text support is available with helpful messages for up to 13 weeks, depending on your quit date.

Check out the following websites for more information on quitting smoking.

For smoking cessation counselling or if you just want to ask questions, contact us to book an appointment to speak with a nurse.