It's a major cause of coronary heart disease, lung cancer and respiratory diseases particularly chronic obstructive airways disease.
One in every two regular smokers is killed by tobacco and half of them will die before the age of 70 - losing on average 10 years of life.
Stopping smoking is the best thing you will ever do and here’s why:
It will improve your health
Half of all long-term smokers die early from smoking-related diseases, including heart disease, lung cancer and chronic bronchitis.
By quitting smoking your breathing and general fitness will improve, the appearance of your skin and teeth will improve and your sense of taste will improve.
You will notice the benefits of quitting quickly, after 48hrs carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body with the lungs starting to clear out mucus and other smoking debris, and after 72 hours breathing becomes easier and energy levels increase.
You will save money
On average most people that quit can save £150 per month, to find out how much you can save enter your details into NHS cost calculator.
You will protect your family
Stopping smoking is the best way to protect your family from the dangerous effects of secondhand smoke.
Over 80% of secondhand smoke is invisible and odourless and it contains over 4000 chemicals.
People who breathe in secondhand smoke are at risk of the same diseases as smokers, including cancers and heart disease.
Why quit with your local stop smoking service?
- Expert advisors will provide you with advice, support and encouragement.
- Stop smoking medicines such as nicotine patches can help you quit, your stop smoking advisor will be able to help you chose the right product for you.
- Nine out of 10 smokers who have used their local NHS stop smoking service would recommend them.
- You’re up to four times more likely to quit than if you go it alone.
Live Life Better Derbyshire
If you live or work in Derbyshire (excluding Derby City Council area) or are registered with a Derbyshire GP then Live Life Better Derbyshire offers free stop smoking support.
If you're interested in quitting and would like to find out more about the free local Stop Smoking Service or find your nearest stop smoking advisor contact Live Life Better Derbyshire by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 0800 085 2299 or 01629 538200 or visit the Live Life Better Derbyshire website.
If you're registered to a Derby City GP then Livewell can offer you help to quit.
Visit the Livewell website or call 01332 641254
Stop smoking in pregnancy
Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your baby. Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, premature birth and low-birth weight. The good news is, it’s never too late to stop smoking.
Life Live Better Derbyshire provides specialist stop smoking support for pregnant women.
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If you’re interested in quitting and would like to find out more about the free local Stop Smoking Service or find your nearest stop smoking advisor visit Live Life Better Derbyshire, email: LLBD@nhs.net or tel: 0800 085 2299 or 01629 538200.