Smoking is the single lifestyle factor that has greatest negative influence on Danish people's health and is thereby the one factor that contributes to most deaths. Every cigarette smoked is damaging to your health and well-being.

Smoking damages your health
According to the Danish Health and Medicine Authority's most recent report, Smoking tobacco and quitting: Health consequences from 2004, every other smoker dies because of their smoking. This means that approximately 14,000 deaths per year can be directly or indirectly attributed to smoking.A smoker who smokes 15 or more cigarettes daily will shorten their life span by approx. 8 to 10 years. In addition to which their final years are marked by impaired quality of life.

It has the effect that the last 10 to 13 years of a smoker's life are characterised by illness and general impairment of daily life.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a debilitating lung disease caused by smoking, which affects daily life for around 400,000 people in Denmark. Around ten people die every day in Denmark as a result of smoking.

The benefits of quitting can be measured in years
Age at quitting and extra life years

  • 30 years - 10 extra years
  • 40 years - 9 extra years
  • 50 years - 6 extra years
  • 60 years - 3 extra years

It is never too late to stop
Quitting smoking will always have a beneficial effect on your health. The positive effects of quitting begin already a few minutes after stopping and after about 15 years you will, as a former smoker, be more or less in the same risk group as those who have never smoked.

If you quit smoking your health will improve significantly. Even if you have been smoking for many years, stopping has a life-prolonging effect.

The Danish Health and Medicine Authority have listed a range of factors that reveal the positive health effects of quitting smoking:

  • Blood pressure and pulse normalise.
  • After 24 hours: The risk of blood clots is reduced and the lungs begin to clean themselves.
  • After 3 days: Oxygen uptake and breathing improve.
  • After 2 weeks to 3 months: Circulation gradually improves and lungs are better at fighting infection.
  • After 3 to 12 months: Fertility improves, fewer coughs, better sleep and easier breathing.
  • After 1 to 2 years: The risk of blood clots is halved.
  • After 5 years: The risk of some types of cancer (Oral cavity, pancreatic, cervical) is halved.
  • After 10 to 15 years: The risk of a blood clot or cancer in the respiratory tract is now equal to that of someone who never smoked.