Smoking causes a number of serious diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and reduces the blood flow to your legs. Smokers also have an increased risk of cataracts, eye problems, psoriasis, gum disease, tooth loss, impotence and thin bones. It also costs you a lot of money. Smoking 20 cigarettes a day can cost about £3,000 a year.
2 in 3 smokers want to stop smoking. Some people can give up easily. Willpower and determination are the most important aspects when giving up smoking. However, nicotine is a drug of addiction and many people find giving up a struggle.
The good news is that help is available on the NHS. “Stop smoking clinics” have a very good success rate in helping people to stop smoking. Various medicines can increase your chance of quitting. These include nicotine patches, chewing gums, sprays, patches, nose sprays and tablets, with good success rates.
We would encourage you to think about stopping smoking. The NHS locally offers support and help to stop smoking for free. To contact the local Stop Smoking Clinics please call 0845 602 4664 or
text QUIT to 60123 or go online at http://www.quit4life.nhs.uk/.