Redbridge

Going Smoke Free


Deciding to go smoke free can have a positive impact on your health, your life and your standard of living, and it can also benefit your friends and family.

The benefits for you:

You will save money – the average smoker has 13 cigarettes a day, which works out as 364 cigarettes a month. That's £227.52 a month and £2730.20 a year that you could be saving by not smoking.

Your sense of taste will return and you will enjoy the taste of food more. Your breathing and general fitness will improve. The appearance of your skin and teeth will improve. You'll be more confident in social situations because you won't smell of stale smoke any more.

Your fertility levels will improve, along with your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby.

The benefits for your family and friends:

You will protect the health of those around you by not exposing them to second-hand smoke, however careful you think you are being. Second-hand smoke is a complex mixture of gases and particles. Whenever you light up, second-hand smoke is produced. This is the smoke exhaled by you, plus the smoke created by the lit end of a cigarette. This isn't just unpleasant, it can be a killer.

Second-hand smoke contains more than 4,500 chemicals, many of which are irritants and toxins. For starters, there's arsenic. This is the stuff that's used in rat poison. Then there's benzene, which is found in petrol fumes and can cause leukaemia. And cyanide, which is poisonous and an industrial pollutant. Second-hand smoke also contains about 4,500 other chemicals, many of which are irritants or toxins and more than 50 are known carcinogens. They're the ones that can cause cancer. More than 80% of second-hand smoke is invisible and odourless. Opening windows and doors does not remove its effects. Residual particulate matter (including these toxins) builds up wherever smoking takes place – on surfaces, skin, clothing and furnishings.

By quitting you will also reduce the chances of your children suffering from bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma attacks, meningitis and ear infections.

If you're ready to quit, you're up to four times more likely to succeed with our help. Call us today on 0333 005 0095 or email clinical.contactcentre@nhs.net.

It's time to quit for good.
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