Smoking is one of the biggest causes of poor health and early death. Giving up is one of the best things you can do to live a healthier life.
It's not just about your lungs and your heart - food tastes better, your clothes and hair don't smell and you save a fortune when you quit.
Your health and lifestyle improves straight away when you quit
ü Be healthier! - Reduce your risk of getting serious diseases like cancer, heart attack, stroke
ü Live longer! - Stop smoking before the age of about 35 and your life expectancy is only slightly less than it is for people who have never smoked. Stop smoking before 50 and you decrease the risk of dying from smoking-related diseases by 50%
ü Smell nice! your breath, your clothes, your hair and your home won't smell of stale tobacco
ü Enjoy your food! - Food and drinks taste and smell much better
ü Save money! - You will save over £2,000 per year if you smoked 20 a day. Insurance policies will be cheaper too
ü Just feel better! – You’re likely to feel good about yourself
Smoking in pregnancy can seriously harm your unborn child
Watch our smoking cessation video
After you quit you'll feel great...
72 hours - Breathing becomes easier, energy levels increase
1 month - Skin appearance improves
3-9 months - Coughing, wheezing, and breathing can get better
1 year - Risk of a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker
10 years - Risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker
15 years - Your risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked
It’s easier to quit – with NHS help and support
About 2 in 3 smokers want to stop smoking. But if you want help:
ü Ask your GP or pharmacist
ü Call Smokefree Norfolk - our brilliant, local NHS team dedicated to helping people quit
0800 0854 113
You can buy nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) in the form of gums, sprays, patches, tablets, lozenges, and inhalers. There are also prescription medicines available
Protect your children – Take 7 Steps Out
Secondhand smoke can cause serious harm to children and babies.
In enclosed spaces secondhand smoke exposes children’s vulnerable lungs and bodies to toxins, increasing the risk of cot death, asthma, tonsillitis and glue ear which lead to hospital appointments, operations and a lot of time off school.
Smoking at the back door, moving into a different room or by an open window is not enough to keep your children safe from cigarette smoke – they are still breathing in smoke.
So if you smoke, Take 7 Steps Out – away from your home and children.
Smoking is the biggest cause of early death
Smoking causes more deaths than the next six biggest causes combined – alcohol, drugs, obesity, illegal drugs and road accidents.