You may think of lots of reasons why you can't give up smoking,
" It chills me out"
"It helps my confidence"
"It gets me ready for the day"
You might think it's hard to stop when everyone around you still seems to smoke but every year thousands of people go smoke free and you can too. Nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Stats and Facts
- As from 1st October 2015 a new legislation under smokefree laws would make it an offence to smoke or to fail to prevent smoking in a private vehicle with someone under the age of 18 present. The regulations do not apply to a driver on their own in a car. 10 minutes in a car with a smoker boost pollutants by 30% - keep your car smoke free.
- Second hand smoke can stay around up to 2 hours after smoking. The fumes are invisible and stay on carpet, children's toys, bed linen and curtains, or on pets fur - keep your house and car smoke free.
- Blaby District's population of smokers is 17.2% estimated 12,807. 1163 access services.
- Smoking can cause cancer, lung disease, amputation, heart attacks, stroke, infertility, impotence and other health related conditions.
- 1 in 4 smokers believe that hand rolling tobacco poses less risk of a health risk than manufactured cigarettes. Roll ups are just as harmful. They contain CADMIUM - found in batteries, BENZENE - a type of fuel, CYANIDE - an industrial pollutant, FORMALDEHYDE - preserves dead bodies, AMMONIA - used in cleaning chemicals to name a few.
Benefits of quitting
- 20 minutes - your blood pressure and pulse rate go back to normal. Circulation improves, especially in your hands and feet.
- 24 hours - your body will be clear of carbon monoxide and your lungs will start to clear some of the waste material from smoking.
- 48 hours - you will be able to taste and smell things better and you will be able to breathe more easily.
- 72 hours - your breathing is easier, you have more energy.
- 2-12 weeks - circulation is now improved throughout your body. It's easier for you to walk and exercise now.
- 3-9 months - your lung efficiency is up by 5-10%. Breathing problems are fading away. Say goodbye to coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing.
- 5 years - you know have only half the chance of getting a heart attack compared to a smoker.
- 10 years - the chance of you getting lung cancer is now half that of a smoker. Your chances of having a heart attack are now the same as someone who's never smoked.
1) Set a date - think about stopping
2) Prepare to Stop - bin all my cigarettes
3) Go Smokefree - I'm Smokefree
4) Stay Smokefree
- Contact your GP, pharmacist or QuitReady your local stop smoking Service
- Identify what triggers are going to start you reaching for a cigarette - what can you do instead?
- Avoid drinking and social situations where you may be tempted to start again.
- Get rid of cigarettes and ashtrays in the house.
- Take it one day at a time.
- Use family, friends for support.
- Use Nicotine replacement products to help with withdrawal symptoms.
- Save your pennies in a peggy bank or jar - reward yourself with a gift for doing well.
- Be positive - you can do it.
QuitReady Stop Smoking Service provides free advice and support to anyone in Leicestershire that wants to quit smoking.
Evidence shows that smokers are four times more likely to succeed with the support of a stop smoking service. Refer someone to QuitReady and they will receive:
- A12-week programme of support from a designated Stop Smoking advisor
- Free stop smoking medication, chosen to suit their needs and lifestyle
- Expert advice on the use of e-cigarettes to help stop smoking tobacco
- The confidential service is available Monday to Friday (9am – 7pm) and Saturday (10am – 2pm) via text, phone and web chat. Face to face appointments are available for specialist groups such as pregnant women, vulnerable people, people with mental ill health and young people.
- Tel: 0345 646 66 66
- Text: 'ready' to 66777
- Web: http://www.quitready.co.uk/
Use of E-cigarettes comes down to choice, if you are thinking of trying e-cigarettes:-
- Pick a regulated and licensed product
- Check the nicotine level of the e-cigarette. High nicotine levels will cause heavier dependancy as the nicotine is the addictive drug. So if you want to stop or cut down this will make it even harder.
- Get help and support if you need it, you are 4 times more likely to be effective if you use a stop smoking service and these health professionals have had training on the use of e-cigarettes even if they can't prescribe them.