Quit Smoking

Why Quit?

There are over 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke – including Nicotine (the addictive part), Tar (the main carcinogen), Carbon Monoxide (reduces oxygen levels in the blood – therefore energy levels and puts an extra strain on the heart, also especially dangerous in pregnancy) and many many other carcinogenic chemicals like cyanide, benzenes, formaldehyde and arsenic.
There is a know causative link between smoking, even second-hand or passive, and early death from diseases like cancer and heart disease. Other diseases caused by smoking include respiratory diseases, ulcers in the digestive system, increased blood pressure, stroke, impotence in males, blindness, skin damage and cancers of the mouth and throat. Smoking during pregnancy can lead to a low-weight/small baby, childhood respiratory conditions like asthma, and miscarriage.
Tobacco is the only drug that we take that has no beneficial effects, only bad effects. The only product that KILLS when used NORMALLY as intended. Half of regular smokers will eventually be killed by their addiction.
In the UK smoking is the single most preventable cause of illness and premature death. There are 120,000 deaths a year – 300 every day – directly caused by smoking, with an average of 16 years of life lost. Exposure to second-hand smoke at work causes about 617 premature deaths a year.
Stopping smoking before the age of 45 means a life expectancy only slightly less than a non-smoker, and quitting at any age has many benefits – both short and long term. After this age every year of continued smoking reduces your life expectancy by three months. Smoking also affects the health of people around you – your family, friends and strangers – who breathe in the secondhand smoke – exposing them to the same diseases as smokers including cancer and heart disease.

Stages of Quitting Smoking
What we do to help?
Nicotine in NRT
New advice for people with special conditions
Financial Benefits
Combing NRT products
Cutting down with NRT, then stopping