Stopping smoking is one of the best choices you can make for your health. Take your first step towards quitting today!
The benefits of quitting smoking
Quitting smoking could be one of the best things you can do for your own long-term health – and for the people closest to you.1
20 MINUTES AFTER QUITTING
Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.1
12 HOURS AFTER QUITTING
Carbon monoxide levels in your blood drop to normal.1
2 TO 12 WEEKS AFTER QUITTING
Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.1
1 TO 9 MONTHS AFTER QUITTING
Coughing and shortness of breath decrease.1
1 YEAR AFTER QUITTING
Your risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker's.1
5 YEARS AFTER QUITTING
Your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, oesophagus, and bladder is halved.1
10 YEARS AFTER QUITTING
Your risk of lung cancer is about half that of a smoker's.1
15 YEARS AFTER QUITTING
Your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a non-smoker's.1
Start your quitting journey using these four steps2
Always speak to your doctor when considering changes to your lifestyle.
Step 1: Set a goal to stop smoking
Think about what you want to achieve by giving up smoking - all the benefits it could bring, such as improved breathing and better overall health for you and for those around you
Step 2: Set a date
Choose a specific time and date to quit - and stick to it
Step 3: Avoid temptation
When you get a craving, instead of having a cigarette, check with your doctor or pharmacist if a nicotine replacement product is right for you. There are chewing gums, oral sprays and skin-adhesive patches available at your local pharmacies and major supermarkets
Try to get rid of anything that reminds you of smoking, such as ashtrays or lighters
Ask other people not to smoke around you
Try to hang around places where you are not allowed to smoke as ‘protection’ until a craving passes
Change your routines that involve smoking – take all your normal breaks but have a cup of herbal tea instead of a cigarette or try cleaning your teeth straight after having a meal if this is the usual time you would have a cigarette
Use other things to keep your mouth and hands busy – use a stress ball, keep some beads on you to fiddle with or chew sugar-free gum
Step 4: Reward yourself
Rewards can be motivating - why not promise yourself a treat using the money you have saved from not buying cigarettes?
Help is available
The first, and often the hardest step is to decide you want to quit smoking. Once you come to that decision there are many different ways to help you achieve your goal.
Speak up – Let your GP and pharmacist know about your decision to quit smoking and find out how they can help
Get your friends and family on board – Make your support network aware of why you are quitting so they can encourage you
References: 1. World Health Organization. Tobacco: Health benefits of smoking cessation. Available at: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/tobacco-health-benefits-of-smoking-cessation [Accessed January 2021].
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Build your quit plan. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/quit-smoking/guide/quit-plan.html [Accessed January 2021].
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