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Why should I stop smoking?

There are lots of reasons to quit not least for the benefit of your health. For instance:

  • Smoking causes damage to your body that is horrible
  • Your secondhand smoke can cause problems for everybody else too
  • Smoking is expensive - the cost can soon add up

The benefits of quitting smoking

Quitting for good will:

  • Reduce your risk of developing illness, disability or death caused by cancer, heart or lung disease.
  • Protect those around you (particularly children) by not exposing them to second hand smoke.
  • Improve your breathing and general fitness – your energy levels will quickly increase when you stop. When you smoke your red blood cells take up carbon monoxide gas instead of oxygen (including 4,000 other chemicals) – this makes you breathless. This also thickens your blood which can contribute to Cardiovascular disease.
  • Save you money – a considerable amount. Smoking 10 cigarettes a day, over a year would cost you £1,000!
  • Improve your appearance. Soon after you stop, your skin will be brighter and your hair won’t smell of stale smoke. It’ll be easier to keep your teeth white and in the longer term it will help you slow the signs of aging.
  • Improve your sense of taste and smell.

It takes about ten minutes to smoke a cigarette, so a ten-a-day smoker can save nearly two hours a day when they quit. Over the course of a year, you can claim back a month of lost time.

Many smokers are shocked to find how quickly they get hooked on smoking. Stopping is a real achievement and can give you a real boost in confidence and self-esteem.

You can read more about how some of our local quitters who have succeeded with our support have benefitted by reading some of their stop smoking success stories »

Call our free Stop Smoking hotline on 0800 470 4831
Text 'QUIT' to 60060 or email us at support@greenwichstopsmoking.org.uk