The impact of smoking – on average cigarette smokers die 10 years younger than non-smokers; smoking affects the sense of taste and smell and smokers are more likely to develop wrinkles younger and have dental problems. Smokers under the age of 40 have a five times greater risk of a heart attack than non-smokers.
So now is the right time to quit! Every cigarette causes you real harm and quitting smoking is healthier for you and your family. There really is a lot of free support out there to help you. The 'One You' campaign talked about largely across our health and wellbeing site has some great advice and guidance on how to do this and are referenced throughout the site.
Team Prevent, our Health and Wellbeing Service provided within the Trust also have useful information available to staff such as podcasts, factsheets, a four week personal training plan and other useful information as to why you will be surprised by how good you would feel by quitting smoking!
NHS Smokefree also holds expert support, success stories and guidance as to why quitting is the best thing you'll ever do! They offer advice for your health and family. You can access their site by clicking on the image to your left. There's lots of other free support on offer – from Quit Kits, emails and texts – you can choose the support that's right for you. You can also find out where to get face to face support near where you live - and remember that this support plus NRT increases your chances of quitting by four times!
The 'One You' campaign itself, aside from the yearly Stoptober Campaign, offers support and advice on how smoking harms your health, the effects of it on your family and pregnancy. It also details the health benefits of quitting for you, and your family and even the benefits on your wallet as with other NHS Sites. There are lots of ways to quit, from using NRT or e-cigarettes, to free tools and expert support from NHS Stop Smoking Services (as below) but the One You Campaign also offers free support links, stop smoking aids and key information on how to find support locally. To access their main stop smoking area of their site, click on the image to your left.
NHS Choices is another useful site full of information around how you can find out practical, quick and simple steps to quit successfully. To access their site, please click on the image to the left which will direct you straight to their Stop Smoking area.
There are endless health benefits to stopping smoking and range from letting you breathe more easily to making your skin look younger, here are some of the reasons why it really would make your life better and improve your health:
- Stopping smoking lets you breathe more easily - People breathe more easily and cough less when they give up smoking because their lung capacity improves by up to 10% within nine months
- Stop smoking gives you more energy - Within 2 to 12 weeks of stopping smoking your blood circulation improves. This makes all physical activity, including walking and running, much easier
- Ditch the cigarettes and feel less stressed - The withdrawal from nicotine between cigarettes can heighten feelings of stress. As the stress of withdrawal feels the same as other stresses, it's easy to confuse normal stress with nicotine withdrawal. So, it can seem like smoking is reducing other stresses whereas this is not the case
- Quitting leads to better sex - Stopping smoking improves the body's blood flow so improves sensitivity. Men who stop smoking may get better erections. Women may find their orgasms improve and they become aroused more easily. It's also been found that non-smokers are three times more appealing to prospective partners than smokers
- Stopping smoking improves fertility - Non-smokers find it easier to get pregnant. Quitting smoking improves the lining of the womb and can make men's sperm more potent. Becoming a non-smoker increases the possibility of conceiving through IVF, and reduces the likelihood of having a miscarriage. Most importantly, it improves the chances of giving birth to a healthy baby
- Stopping smoking improves smell and taste - When you stop smoking, your senses of smell and taste get a boost. You may notice that food tastes and smells different as your mouth and nose recover from being dulled by the hundreds of toxic chemicals found in cigarettes
- Stop smoking for younger-looking skin, whiter teeth and sweeter breath! - Stopping smoking has been found to slow facial ageing and delay the appearance of wrinkles. The skin of a non-smoker gets more nutrients, including oxygen, and stopping smoking can reverse the sallow, lined complexion smokers often have
- A smoke-free homes protects your loved ones - By stopping smoking, you'll be protecting the health of your non-smoking friends and family, too. Breathing in second-hand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer, heart disease and stroke. In children it doubles the risk of getting chest illnesses, including pneumonia, ear infections, wheezing and asthma
Download the Smoke free Apps available to you now!
The 'One You's Smoke free app can help you stop smoking by providing daily support and motivation. If you stay smokefree for the 4-week programme you’re up to five times more likely to stay quit for good. This is available either as an apple download or a Google download.
'One You' also has a Stoptober app available to help you stay on track throughout Stoptober, providing motivation and support on the go when you need it most. This app is also available as either an apple download or google.
Stop Smoking Advisors
Find stop smoking services in England, follow the link here which directs you to the NHS Smoke Free site.
- Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044
- Staffordshire Hub 0300 111 8006
- Together4Health 0300 124 0351
- Telford 0800 622 6968 or Text Smokefree to 66777 / email firstname.lastname@example.org
How will smoking affect your appearance?
NHS Choices provide some really good information around why you should also think about how smoking affects your appearance (as highlighted above, a clear health benefit to stopping smoking for younger-looking skin). Watch the video below, taken from their site which highlights a 16 year old make-up artist transforming her appearance to demonstrate the effects that smoking will have on her body.