Is it ever too late to quit smoking?

never too late to quit smoking

Is it ever too late to quit smoking?

The human body is an incredible thing, and you may be surprised at just how quickly you will begin to feel the health benefits of quitting smoking—like breathing easier, having more energy, and even being less irritable. No matter how old you are, quitting smoking will bring benefits to your body.

What are the benefits of quitting today?

Whether you’ve been smoking for one year or 50, there are immediate and long-term benefits of quitting.

  • You reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke and cancer
  • Your circulation and lung function improve
  • You prevent further damage from emphysema and chronic bronchitis
  • You have more stamina and energy

Maybe you’ve smoked for as long as you can remember, and you’re thinking that the damage has already been done to your body—it is too late for me?

The simple answer is no—it’s never too later to quit smoking, because your body starts to recover the day you quit.

Check out the timeline of healing to see just how fast your body will start to repair itself.

If you’ve tried quitting before and have started smoking again, it may be that the strategy didn’t work for you this time, or maybe you didn’t have enough support or motivation to keep you going.

That’s where Quitline can help. Our counsellors can chat about your whole experience and history of smoking to suggest different ways to quit that may better suit you. They’re here to listen and help you but will never tell you what to do.

Each quitting attempt is a milestone in itself, and you can learn valuable lessons about what works and what doesn’t each time. A set-back does not mean you have failed. You can learn from it and start again when you feel ready.

Anne had been smoking for 50 years but successfully quit with the support of Quitline. As she says, “If I can do it after 50 years, anyone can!”

Read more about Anne’s journey here.

It’s never too late to call Quitline 13 78 48 or visit www.quitlinesa.org.au to better your health and future.