Stopping Smoking

No smoking signSmoking causes many long term illnesses. As well as nicotine, carbon monoxide and tar, cigarettes are also known to contain 4,000 other chemicals. 40 of these are known to be carcinogenic (cancer causing).

Stopping smoking is the single, most effective thing that anyone can do to improve their health & the good news is that it’s never too late to stop! It’s also a fact that many smokers will have more than one attempt at stopping before they finally become a non-smoker for good.

Evidence shows that if a smoker uses stop smoking medications (available on prescription) they are twice as likely to stop. If they also access support from a trained practitioner they are 4 times more likely to be successful.

Free, friendly, local help & support is available for all from the Somerset NHS Stop Smoking Service. Clinics are available in various venues across the county at a range of times and a telephone service is also available. You’ll get practical help to stop smoking from trained people who understand what you are going through.

To get FREE practical advice  on how to stop smoking contact Smokefreelife Somerset by calling 0800 246 106 or 01823 765006 or text QUIT to 66777 or visit the Smokefreelife Somerset website:

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Benefits begin immediately on stopping smoking:

After 20 minutes Blood pressure &   pulse go back to normal & circulation improves – especially in the hands   & feet.
After 8 hours Nicotine & carbon   monoxide levels in the blood are reduced by half. Oxygen levels return to   normal.
After 24 hours Carbon monoxide is eliminated   from the body. Lungs start to clear out mucus & debris.
After 48 hours Nicotine is eliminated   from the body. Sense of taste & smell improve.
After 72 hours Breathing is easier.   Energy levels improve.
In 2 – 12 weeks Circulation now   improved throughout the body. It is easier to walk & exercise.
In 3 – 9 months Lung capacity can   improve by 5-10%. Coughing, shortness of breath & wheezing improves.
After 5 years The chance of having a   heart attack halves compared to that of a smoker.
After 10 years The chance of getting   lung cancer is half that of a smoker. The chance of having a heart attack is   the same as someone who has never smoked.

Stopping smoking permanently increases life expectancy by:

  • 9 years if stopped around 40 years of age
  • 6 years if stopped around 50 years of age
  • 3 years if stopped around 60 years of age

For every year that smoking cessation is brought forward, life-expectancy increases by 3 months