Smoking – Reasons for giving up
- Smoking is the biggest single preventable cause of death
- Lung cancer kills 38,000 people per year in the UK
- Bladder cancer and stomach cancer risk is doubled
- Smokers are twice as likely to die of a heart attack
- On average a smoker shortens his/her life by five minutes for each cigarette smoked
- Children of smokers are more likely to get chest and ear infections
- Women get increased risk of abnormal smear or osteoporosis
How to stop
- Decide on a definite date to stop
- Get your partner or friend or family to stop with you
- Put the money aside that you would have spent and treat yourself later
- Tell everyone you are going to stop
What else can help?
- We run smoking cessation clinics for our patients – tel: 01438 361111
- Nicotine chewing-gum or skin patches can help with troublesome withdrawal symptoms.
- If you wish to quit smoking, text QUIT plus your postcode to 88088, or go to www.nhs.uk/smokefree or www.facebook.com/nhssmokefree or call Smokefree on 0800 169 0 169 (weekdays 9am – 8pm, weekend 11am – 5pm), or textphone 0800 169 0 171.
What can you gain?
- Your chances of avoiding a heart attack and lung cancer will improve
- It will help that smoker’s cough
- Your breath, your hair and your clothes will stop smelling of stale tobacco
- If you are pregnant, your baby will stand a better chance of being born healthy
- There is a lower risk of osteoporosis for women.
- Pay less tax!
- Save money
- Reduce risks related to passive smoking of those around you
- Cheaper life/health insurance