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Stop smoking

"It's never too late to make a positive change"

Regardless of how long you have smoked for, quitting smoking will greatly improve your health. The benefits of stopping smoking can be experienced almost immediately. See below for how long it takes for the changes to take effect.

Blood pressure returns to normal

20 minutes

Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by half.

8 hours

Carbon monoxide is eliminated from the body. Lung start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.

24 hours

There is no nicotine in your body. Ability to smell and taste is greatly improved.

48 hours

Breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.

72 hours

Your circulation improves

2-12 weeks

Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%.

3-9 months

Risk of heart attack falls to about half compared to a person who is still smoking.

5 years

Risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker. Risk of heart attack falls to the same as one who has never smoked.

10 years

Our top tips

make a plan

Create a quit date and stop smoking then.

make a list of reasons to stop

Whether it is to save money, improve your health, or for your family, having a motivation to stop smoking can help you stay on track.

get support

The best way of stopping smoking is with a combination of medication and specialist support.

stay busy

Keeping yourself busy such as exercising, reading or catching up with friends can help curb temptations.

Why stop smoking?

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IMPROVES LUNG AND HEART HEALTH

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IMPROVES FERTILITY

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IMPROVES QUALITY OF LIFE

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SAVES MONEY

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IMPROVES ENERGY

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FOOD TASTES BETTER

Get in touch

We can offer you support and motivation to quit smoking and can refer you to SmokeFree Hampshire, who offer a 1:1 quit smoking service. They will be visiting Tesco in Hythe on Thursday 22nd October where their team will be there to support you with free expert advice and guidance on quitting smoking. Click here for more info.

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