Stop smoking for 28 days and you're 5 times more likely to stop for good.
Research shows smokers are 67% more likely to quit if their partner also stops smoking and 36% more likely to quit if a friend stops.
Everybody has their own personal reason for wanting to give up smoking.
Some people give up as part of a larger lifestyle change - to be healthier, to get fit, or to save money.
For some, it’s more about how their smoking affects the people around them – their family, friends, and little ones.
Whatever your reason, thinking carefully about your motivation and keeping a reminder in key places can be really helpful for keeping you going through the tough times.
Quitting smoking is still one of the best things you can do to improve your health. Here are some of the health benefits to quitting:
Your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal.
Nicotine and carbon monoxide start to leave your body and oxygen levels return to normal.
Your lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.
Nicotine has been eliminated from your body and your sense of smell and taste both improve.
|2 - 12 weeks|
Exercise becomes easier and your breathing improves.
|3 - 9 months|
Any coughs, wheezing and breathing problems are reduced as your lungs repair.
Your risk of coronary heart disease is now half that of a smoker.
Quitting smoking doesn’t have to be about losing something - it's about getting something back too.
A 20-a-day smoker of a premium brand will spend about £3000 a year on cigarettes.
You'll also save money in other ways. Life, home and car insurance can all be cheaper when you’re a non-smoker.
The benefits of stopping smoking soon start to add up. For a 20-a-day smoker, in
- 1 day: you’ll have enough money to rent a movie or buy a few magazines.
- 1 week: you could have enough money for a new pair of shoes, or a facial, a (really) cheap flight, a DVD boxset, a paintballing day, or a day at the races.
- 1 month: you could save enough for a shopping spree or premiership football tickets, or even a day rally driving.
- 3 months: you could afford two weeks in the sun, a new laptop, or the latest flat screen TV.
- 6 months: you'll have saved enough for a football season ticket, a family holiday, your own home cinema, or a top of the range bicycle.
- 1 year: you'll be able to afford a new kitchen, flash designer jewellery, a car or a luxury leather sofa suite!
Click here to link to the NHS Smokefree website for great information and help on quitting, including success stories and a cost calculator. The British Heart Foundation also has good advice regarding the damage smoking does and how to quit.
For your local Smoking Cessation Service call QUIT51 on 0800 622 6968 or text 'smokefree' to 66777 or QuitReady Leicestershire on 0345 646 66 66.