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Why quit smoking?

The course is built and licensed by the Norwegian Health directorate. The course is held by certified instructors and focuses on motivation and skills in order to quit smoking.

  • Find out your motivation to quit smoking
  • Share experiences with others
  • Practical and mental preparations to quit smoking
  • Measures to endure after you have quit smoking
  • Support and encouragement from others 
  • You learn strategies to stay smoke free

Health effects of quitting smoking

  • After 20 minutes; your pulse reduces
  • After 8 hours: the blood circulation increases
  • After 24 hours: the risks of a heart attack reduces
  • After 48 hours: your sense of smell and taste increases
  • After 78 hours: your lung capacity increases and your body is free of nicotine
  • After 2 – 12 weeks: it's easier to move quickly because your lung capacity and blood circulation is better
  • After 1-9 months: you are less in risk of lung infections and the cilia's recover
  • After 3-9 months: your breathing ability increases and the cough lessens
  • After 1 year: your immune response is strengthened
  • After 2-4 years: the risk of heart disease and stroke is dramatically reduced
  • After 10 years: your risk of developing lung cancer is reduced by 50 %, and this includes other types of cancer diseases and the risks will decrease over the following years
  • After 15 years: your risk of a heart attack is at the same level as a person who has never smoked