STOPTOBER

If you’re reading this then you’re probably affected by smoking in some way or another.

 

This is where STOPTOBER might be right for you!

 

Although smoking is decreasing within the UK, smoking-related deaths average around 80,000 per year which is nearly 3 times the amount of obesity deaths and nearly 8 times that of alcohol-related deaths.

The problem isn’t that people don’t want to stop, as two-thirds of smokers say they want to stop but only 4 in 10 actually try and stop. In England, around 60% of smokers want to quit, and 10% intend to do so within 3 months. Social smoking is easily done and you may rarely give it a second thought when smoking with friends on a night out or co-workers on a lunch break (1). Routine plays an important factor and smoking is a habit that is hard to break.

Nicotine is an addictive chemical and when inhaled causes the release of dopamine, a chemical that makes us feel good. However long-term exposure to cigarette smoke has associated health risks for us and your loved ones.

 

Increased health risks include (2):

- Lung cancer being 25 times more likely.

- Increased risk of cardiovascular disease such as strokes and heart disease.

- Reduced fertility risk in men and also potential health risks with pregnancy related effects with females.

- Stop Smoking for 28 Consecutive Days and You’re 5 Times More Likely to QUIT FOR GOOD!

 

 

Once you’re there, the benefits are amazing (3) !!!

 

- Your sense of taste will increase.

- Improved lung capacity and fitness levels.

- Improved fertility levels and healthy pregnancies.

- Financially better on average £1,500 per year (2).

- The risk of heart disease is halved after one year of being smoke-free.

 

It isn’t easy, but placing yourself within a support network that can help keep you motivated in the hardest of times can be what is holding you back from having a healthier smoke-free future.

 

Click to find your Personal Quit Plan

 

 

Resources

1. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-matters-stopping-smoking-what-works/health-matters-stopping-smoking-what-works

2. https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree/why-quit/smoking-health-problems

3. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/quit-smoking/

4. https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree/why-quit/cost-calculator

 

Jonple