Have you always wanted to give up smoking, but have found it too difficult?
Don’t worry. There’s support and encouragement out there.
No Smoking Day, a campaign led by the British Heart Foundation, is on 11th March 2015. It’s there to help you quit for good.
Did you know, one cigarette contains…
- around 4,000 toxic chemicals
- nicotine, which is addictive
- carbon monoxide, which is a poisonous gas with no smell. Every time a person inhales smoke from a cigarette, 15% of blood in the body carries carbon monoxide instead of oxygen. It makes the heart work harder, which could lead to coronary heart disease and circulation problems.
- tar. Tar is a mixture of chemicals. About 70% of the tar is sticky and remains in your lungs after smoking. It can lead to serious lung conditions.
In addition, smoking affects your body in many different ways. It can damage your head, brain, mouth and throat, skin, bones, stomach, reproduction system and fertility. If you are pregnant and continue smoking, it can harm your baby.
When you smoke, it can affect people around you. It can affect your family and children. This is known as passive smoking. Children who have parents that smoke can develop bronchitis, pneumonia, and asthma. Their risk of sudden infant death syndrome (cot death) is higher. Children who have grown up being exposed to smoking are more likely to smoke themselves.
Protect children from second-hand smoke:
- Don’t smoke or allow other people smoke around your children.
- Teach your children about the health risks linked to smoking.
- Make your home and car smoke-free. From October 2015, it will be illegal to smoke in a car with children in it.
When you give up smoking, your health benefits will start almost immediately, no matter what your age or how long you’ve been smoking. If you give up under the age of 35, your life expectancy will be as long as a non-smoker. If you give up between the ages of 65 and 74, you will have a better life expectancy beyond 75 compared to those who continue to smoke.
Help to Quit
If you give up smoking, your health will improve, your children’s health will also improve and you will save money.
Giving up smoking might be difficult but it is worthwhile. Make use of free support. Choose what is right for you and you will have a great chance of quitting for good.
Live in England? Sign up for free proven support from NHS Smokefree – The One Day Quit Tool. Developed by experts, it offers practical and tailored support to help stop smoking.
Join the No Smoking Day forum. Share your experience with others on the same journey as you.
How to Quit?
There are different ways you can try…
1. Stop smoking services – These services are available throughout the UK. They provide free help to anyone who wants to give up smoking. These services include group or one-to-one support.
2. Nicotine replacement therapy – Also known as NRT, they can help you quit. There are different types of NRT and they include patches, gums, inhalators, nasal sprays, microtabs and lozenges. Your GP, local stop smoking service or pharmacist can give you advice.
3. Prescription drugs – Your GP may offer prescription drugs to help you quit in a safe and effective way.
‘No Smoking Day’ does not have information or support in BSL, but this is something we have approached them about, so fingers crossed for Deaf access soon.
If you want more information about giving up smoking, go to www.nosmokingday.org.uk
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