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Public Health news: Don't Wait & No Smoking Day (9th March)

March 2022

Don't Wait & No Smoking Day (9th March)

Quitting can bring benefits to almost anyone at any age as the body begins to recover. Stopping can also save you money and reduce stress and anxiety within weeks.

Dr Ruth Sharrock, respiratory consultant, said: "I know some people think it's too late to stop, or worry they will struggle to quit, but it is always worth trying. Each time you make a quit attempt, you are getting closer to success. I see far too often just how harmful smoking can be, but I also see all the amazing benefits quitting can bring, with patients who have smoked for many years getting a new lease of life from quitting smoking. The benefits of quitting are real. As well as reducing the risk of serious disease it can make you feel so much better, give you more energy and help you to breathe more easily."

Smoking causes 16 types of cancer, heart disease, dementia, stroke and COPD and makes us more vulnerable to infectious diseases such as Covid and flu.

Many people try to quit smoking with willpower alone, but it's much easier to go smoke-free with the right help. There are lots of support options and quitting aids available such as Nicotine Replacement or switching completely to vaping to reduce some of the stress and anxiety that cravings can temporarily cause. Your pharmacist or local stop smoking service can advise on the best quitting aids to help you.

Stopping smoking can also reduce stress and improve mental health with the benefits seen after just six weeks, something which is sure to motivate many to quit after a dreadful year in which worry levels have soared.

The cost of living is a worry for everyone, but quitting smoking can save you a packet:

  • One week's savings - around £36.
  • Two weeks' savings - around £72.
  • Three weeks' savings - around £109 would pay for a family food shop.
  • Four weeks' savings of £144 would buy a premium Netflix subscription for a year
  • If you want to get fit and active as a family, six months' savings of £949 could buy two  children's bikes and two adults' bikes.
  • £1,899 saved in a year could give you a deposit on a new car, or a trip away

There are free local Stop Smoking Services near you which can help you develop a plan to help you stop. With their help, you're 3 times as likely to quit for good.

Find out how your body recovers at Better Health - Quit Smoking

To get started, contact your pharmacy, GP or to visit Stop smoking

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