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Quit Smoking: Quit Tobacco 

Smoking is one of the biggest preventable causes of premature death in the UK. It affects every part of the body and is linked to a range of serious and often fatal conditions; including heart disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and lung cancer.

Chewing tobacco is also associated with severe health implications such as oral cancers and heart disease.

No matter what a person’s age is or how long they have been using tobacco, almost as soon as they quit, the health benefits start.

Why quit tobacco?

Everyone has different reasons for wanting to stop using tobacco. Some people give up to be healthier or to save money. For others it is about how their smoking affects the people around them – their family, friends, and children. What will  it be for you?

Some of the benefits of quitting are:

  • More energy – Within 2 to 12 weeks of stopping smoking, your circulation improves. Giving you more energy to do things you enjoy
  • Save  money – Save up to £2,873 if you smoke 20 a day (estimated on packs costing £7.87: ONS 2013). Quitting smoking may mean you can go on  holiday with the money you save… what could you spend it on?
  • Improve your  health – Half of all long-term smokers die early from smoking-related diseases, including heart disease, lung cancer and chronic bronchitis. Quitting tobacco not only adds years to your life, but it also greatly improves the chance of a disease-free, mobile, happier old age
  • Less stress – Nicotine addiction makes smokers stressed from the ‘withdrawal’ between cigarettes. The pleasant feeling of satisfying that craving is only temporary and is not a real cure for stress. Find out other ways to manage your stress
  • Younger looking skin – Stopping smoking has been found to slow facial ageing and delay the appearance of wrinkles
  • Boost your immune system –  making it easier to fight off colds and flu. Also making recovery from illness or operations quicker
  • Improve your  breathing – People breathe more easily and cough less when they give up smoking because their lung capacity improves by up to 10% within nine months. In your 20s and 30s, the effect of smoking on your lung capacity may not be noticeable until you exercise, but lung capacity naturally diminishes with age. In later years, having maximum lung capacity can mean the difference between having an active, healthy old age and wheezing when going for a walk or climbing the stairs
  • Improved fertility – Non-smokers find it easier to get pregnant. Becoming stopping tobacco use it will reduce the likelihood of having a miscarriage and most importantly, it improves the chances of giving birth to a healthy baby
  • Whiter teeth – Giving up tobacco stops teeth becoming stained, and you’ll have fresher breath. Ex-tobacco users are less likely than smokers to get gum disease and lose their teeth prematurely
  • Improved smell and taste – Kicking the smoking habit gives your senses of smell and taste a boost as your body recovers from being dulled by the hundreds of toxic chemicals found in cigarettes
  • Keep loved ones safe – By stopping smoking you’ll be protecting the health of your non-smoking friends and family. Passive smoking increases a non-smoker’s risk of lung cancer, heart disease and stroke. Second-hand smoke makes children twice at risk of chest illnesses, including pneumonia, croup (swollen airways in the lungs) and bronchitis, plus more ear infections, wheezing and asthma.

How to Quit

Whether you are smoking tobacco or chewing tobacco there is lots of free support on offer when you want to quit smoking. This is support is available whether you are an inpatient, outpatient or just a visitor.

The Stop Smoking Service has friendly, specialist advisors offering free advice and support across Bedford Borough and in the Hospital.  Once you register with the service you will be able to have 1:1 assistance with a Specialist  advisor. Your advisor will tailor a programme to suit your individual needs and you will be eligible for a minimum of 12 weeks of behavioural support and medication* to support you during your quit attempt. You will be offered as much or as little support as you need.

Quit with the Stop Smoking team and you are up to four times more likely to quit for good!

If want a smoke free future…

Call us today on 0800 013 0553 option 2 or ask Nurse/Consultant for a referral

Bedford Borough Stop Smoking Service: www.smokefreebedfordshire.co.uk

*Prescription charges may apply unless exempt