Stoptober is back, so give it a go and quit smoking for 28 days. This Stoptober, smokers are being encouraged to end a bad relationship and split up with smoking for 28 days from 1st October.

Early indications from the UCL Smoking Toolkit Study indicate a 2.2% drop in smoking prevalence so far in 2019. Public Health England is encouraging England’s remaining smokers to join in with the nation’s biggest quit attempt and providing them with the information and support they need to split up with smoking now.

If you are a smoker, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you. 

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The physical benefits of stopping smoking

 Stopping smoking can significantly improve your lifestyle and health in ways you might not expect.  Some of the benefits are immediate and some are longer term:

  • After 20 minutes - Blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal
  • After 8 hours - Carbon monoxide levels in the blood reduce by half and oxygen levels return to normal
  • After 48 hours - Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris. Ability to taste and smell is greatly improved
  • After 72 hours - Breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase
  • After 2 to 12 weeks - Your circulation improves
  • After 3 to 9 months - Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%
  • After 1 year - Risk of heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker
  • After 10 years - Risk of death from lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker
  • After 15 years – Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked

The financial benefits of stopping smoking:

  • The average price of a pack of 20 cigarettes in the UK is £10.77
  • The average male smoker in the UK smokes 8.1 cigarettes a day which works out as 243 cigarettes a month. That’s a cost of £130.85 a month and £1,592 a year
  • The average female smoker in the UK smokes 7.8 cigarettes a day which works out as 234 for a month. That’s a cost of £126 a month and £1,533 a year
  • A 20-a-day smoker can save up to £75.39 a week, £323.10 a month and £3,931 a year by stopping smoking
  • Over the last ten years the cost of tobacco has increased by 97%

 

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