Stop Smoking Information
It is widely known that smoking leads to many health complications including cancer, heart disease, and bronchitis. Deciding to quit smoking presents a big challenge as smokers are not only physically addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes, but also psychologically to the need to smoke and the action of doing it.
Whatever method you choose to help you quit smoking, willpower will be a powerful factor in determining whether you succeed. By setting targets, focusing on the benefits and involving friends and family you can give yourself the greatest chance to succeed and live a smoke-free life.
For those that do smoke, quitting is likely to be the biggest single change you can make to improve your current state of health and reduce the chances of developing serious medical conditions and complications. It is estimated that around 50% of smokers will die prematurely and that 20% of deaths over the age of 35 can be attributed to smoking.
Health Benefits From Quitting Smoking
It is estimated that over 10 million people in the UK alone have now successfully quit smoking and are enjoying healthier lifestyles. According to NHS choices, the health benefits of stopping smoking include:
- Easier breathing
- Whiter teeth
- Better breath
- Improved smell and taste
- More energy
- Younger looking skin
- Less stress
- Better sex
If these aren’t reasons enough to quit today, the average smoker of 20 cigarettes daily could save over £3,000 in the first year alone!
Common Excuses To Avoid Quitting Smoking
1. The damage is done: Many people feel that if they have smoked for a long period, they have already subjected themselves to the negative risks of smoking and have increased their chances of cancer and heart disease permanently.
This simply isn’t true! As soon as you quit smoking, your body starts to repair and regenerate. Your blood pressure will return to normal, your lungs will clear and your sense of taste and smell will improve, all within the first 48 hours. After 1 year your heart attack risk will be half that of a smoker and after 10 years your risk of lung cancer will be half that of a smoker. In addition, you will stop exposing your friends and family to passive smoke.
2. I will gain weight: Most people believe that they will gain weight when they quit smoking, however, this is not supported by medical evidence.
Although nicotine does make you burn calories faster, it is not a certainty that quitting smoking will cause you to gain weight. Lower levels of nicotine mean that your calorie requirements will be lower. You can therefore anticipate this and lower the calories you consume by starting a healthier diet or taking up a new sport or activity.
3. I will get stressed: It is commonly thought that cigarettes (or nicotine) help to calm you down or relieve stress.
When you are addicted to nicotine, the cravings in between cigarettes create anxiety and stress. Although having a cigarette does help to ease this anxiety when you quit you will not experience this anxiety or stress in the first place and be calmer as a result.
4. It’s not the right time: Many people put off quitting due to external factors and stresses in their lives thinking that this will make them less likely to succeed.
Although there are a few times when quitting smoking is less likely to succeed, in general, no time is going to be the perfect time to quit. By taking the first step you are massively increasing your chances of quitting – if you change nothing, nothing changes!