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.