Smoking tobacco is a major cause of ill health and disease in the Northern Territory (NT).

This guide has information on planning to quit, getting help with quitting, where you can and can't smoke in the NT, children and smoking and electronic cigarettes

What happens when you quit

When you quit smoking, your body will go through the following process:

  • after eight hours - excess carbon monoxide is out of your blood
  • after five days - most nicotine is out of your body
  • after one week - your sense of taste and smell get better
  • after four weeks - your blood flow improves
  • after three months - your lungs work better
  • after 12 months - your risk of disease is halved
  • after five years - your risk of stroke is greatly reduced.

Find out more information on tobacco and your health.

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Last updated: 12 May 2016


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