Benefits of going smoke-free
Going smokefree isn't easy, but when you see the drastic improvements to your life and health, you'll want to set your action plan going as quickly as you can.
How will my health benefit?
- You will reduce your risk of developing illness, disability or death caused by cancer, heart or lung disease
- You will reduce your risk of gangrene or amputation caused by circulatory problems
- You will protect the health of those around you by not exposing them to secondhand smoke
- You will reduce the chances of your children suffering from asthma or glue ear
- You will improve your fertility levels and your chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby
- You will improve your breathing and general fitness
- You will enjoy the taste of food more.
How will my lifestyle improve?
- You will save money - as much as several hundred pounds a month, if you're a heavy smoker
- You will no longer smell of stale tobacco
- The appearance of your skin and teeth will improve
- You will feel more confident in social situations - you won't be worrying about the secondhand smoke you create anymore
- As a non-smoker, you may even find you get approached more often by potential new friends and partners when out socialising
- Your home will smell fresh and you will no longer be staining your walls with nicotine
- You will reduce the risk of fire in your home
- Get rid of that stale tobacco smell from your hair, skin and clothes
- Look attractive with healthy, glowing skin, no tobacco stains on your teeth and fewer wrinkles.
Secondhand (Passive) Smoke
Secondhand smoke comes from the tip of a cigarette and the smoke that is breathed back out by the smoker. Wherever people smoke, there is secondhand smoke in the air although you might not notice it because it is almost invisible and odourless.
Even if you open a window, secondhand smoke will still be present in a room after two and a half hours! Even if you can't see or smell any smoke, it's probably still there. Smoking in a car is even worse because all of the smoke is concentrated into a small space.
SECONDHAND SMOKE CONTAINS 4,000 TOXIC CHEMICALS
People that breathe secondhand smoke are at risk of the same diseases as smokers, including cancer and heart disease. It is estimated that secondhand smoke causes thousands of deaths each year.
Children are particularly affected by secondhand smoke because their bodies are still developing, and around half of all British children are growing up in homes where at least one parent is a smoker.
Support Available to You
Sign up to the NHS Stop Smoking Service—you can get social support while you quit. Many clinics have one-to-one services in a range of venues and at times to suit you. Others have groups where local smokers meet once a week. You usually go for a few weeks and work towards a quit date.
Having someone to call for moral support if you slip up can help you stay smokefree.
Joining the NHS Smokefree Together Programmegives you a supportive phone call, email and text the week before you quit, the day you quit and the week after.
Emergency number— your local NHS Stop Smoking Service are available between 7am and 11pm every day answering calls from people wanting support not to light up. They can talk about why you want to smoke and how to deal with your cravings.
Get some chemical assistance. Nicotine is addictive and self-control alone might not be enough. Give yourself a better chance of success by using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). It's either free or available on prescription, depending on where you live. See the NHS Smokefree website for the options available to you or talk to your GP.
Email an expert. Ask an expert for advice through NHS Smokefree's Ask an expert service.
Local Stop Smoking Services:
(0800 022 4 332 (lines are open from 7.00am to 11.00pm, 7 days a week)
Ask an expert:
Wakefield Stop Smoking Service
Pontefract Health Centre, Trinity Street, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 1EY
(01977 465 449
Kirklees Stop Smoking Service (North Kirklees)
Dewsbury Health Centre, Wellington Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, WF13 1HL
Kirklees Stop Smoking Service
Princess Royal Health Centre, Greenhead Road, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 4EW
Medicx Pharmacy Stop Smoking Service
Ossett Health Village, Ossett, WF5 8DF
(01924 910 810