Smoking is one of the biggest preventable causes of premature death in the UK. It affects every part of the body and is linked to a range of serious and often fatal conditions; including heart disease and lung cancer.
No matter what a person’s age is or how long they have been smoking, almost as soon as they quit, the health benefits start.
Why quit smoking?
Everyone has different reasons for wanting to stop smoking. Some people give up to be healthier or to save money. For others it is about how their smoking affects the people around them – their family, friends, and children.
Some of the benefits of quitting are:
It lowers the risk of heart attacks
It lowers the risk of cancer
It saves money
It will increases activity levels
It will improve general health
It can improve the complexion
How to quit
There is lots of free support on offer when you want to quit smoking:
• Stop smoking services. Further information can be found at www.nhs.uk/smokefree or call 0300 123 1044.
• Stop smoking aids. There are many different nicotine replacement therapies, like gum, patches and inhalators that can help.
• For many people prescription drugs are also a safe and effective way of helping them quit.
Other useful links:
Find out more about the tobacco dependence unit at the Maudsley Hospital here.