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Want to quit?

To get information and inspiration on how to quit visit NHS Choices 

http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/smoking/Pages/stopsmokingnewhome.aspx 

Or contact your local NHS stop-smoking services, or call the NHS Smoking Helpline on 0800 022 4332 (7am to 11pm)

Why quit smoking?

Everybody has their own personal reason for wanting to give up smoking. Some people give up as part of a larger lifestyle change - to be healthier, to get fit, or to save money. Finding your reason to quit will help you keep it up once you take the plunge. Concerned about your health? Find out some of the benefits quitting smoking has for your body. Think getting more out of the money in your wallet would be motivation enough?

How do I quit smoking?

If you've analysed the health benefits, worked out the how much money you'll save, or just finally decided that's it, you're going to quit, congratulations - you've made the first step.

The second step is to set a date. No Smoking Day is perfect - there'll be plenty of people around you giving up at the same time - but if that's not right for you, choose another.

The third step is to get prepared. Get in touch with one of the local NHS Quit Smoking service which will be able to advise you on the best route to quitting for you.

And finally, get support. Speak to family and friends and fellow quitters who are going through the same things you are - they can help get you through the tough times and celebrate the good!

Quitting smoking isn't just about losing something - it's about getting something back too.

Currently a packet of 20 cigarettes costs around £7, so quitting will give a 20-a-day smoker an extra £49 a week.

The benefits of stopping smoking soon start adding up. For 20-a-day smokers, in:

· 1 day: you will have enough money to rent a movie or buy a few magazines

· 1 week: you could have enough money for a new pair of shoes, or a facial, a (really) cheap flight, a DVD boxset, a paintballing day, or a day at the races.

· 1 month: of quitting could mean a shopping spree or premiership football tickets, or even a day rally driving

· 3 months: could mean two weeks in the sun, a new laptop, or the latest flat screen TV

· 6 months: months in and you'll have saved enough for a football season ticket, a family holiday, your own home cinema, or a top of the range bicycle

· 1 year: on and you'll be able to afford a new kitchen, flash designer jewellery, a car or a luxury leather sofa suite!

And don't forget you'll also save money in other ways. Life, fire and car insurance can all be cheaper when you quit.

Health Benefits

Smoking is the UK's number one cause of avoidable premature death, linked to a range of serious and often fatal conditions including heart disease and lung cancer.

But there is good news: the health benefits begin almost as soon as you quit – no matter what your age or how long you've been smoking.

Smokers who stop before the age of 35 have a life expectancy not significantly different from that of a non-smoker, and even if you give up smoking and you're between 65 and 74 years old, you'll have a better life expectancy beyond 75 than those who continue to smoke

After...

  • 20 minutes Blood pressure and pulse return to normal
  • 8 hours Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood are halved, oxygen levels in the blood return to normal
  • 24 hours Carbon monoxide is eliminated from the body and the lungs start to clear out the build up of tar
  • 48 hours There is no nicotine left in the body. Taste and smell are greatly improved
  • 72 hours Breathing becomes easier, bronchial tubes begin to relax, energy levels increase
  • 2 - 12 weeks Circulation improves, making walking and running a lot easier
  • 3 - 9 months Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as the lungs have room for up to 10 per cent more oxygen
  • 1 year Risk of heart attack is halved
  • 10 years Risk of lung cancer is halved
  • 15 years Risk of heart attack is at the same level as non-smokers
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