Ready, Steady Stop How you can stop smok­ing for Stop­to­ber

We’ve gath­ered to­gether all the ad­vice you need to help you fi­nally quit smok­ing dur­ing Stop­to­ber…

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If you’re a smoker, you don’t need to be told how ad­dic­tive your habit is – or how im­pos­si­ble it can be to break that ad­dic­tion – but in case you need any ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion to get you through Stop­to­ber, it may be worth re­mind­ing your­self of all the bril­liant ben­e­fits to be had once you get to­bacco-free.

It’s not just about breath­ing more eas­ily and cough­ing less – although that will hap­pen, be­cause your lung ca­pac­ity will im­prove by up to 10% within nine months.

Much sooner than that you’ll no­tice you have more en­ergy be­cause your blood cir­cu­la­tion starts to im­prove two weeks af­ter stop­ping smok­ing, mak­ing walk­ing eas­ier, and also boost­ing your im­mune sys­tem so you’re less likely to get a cold this win­ter.

An­other ben­e­fit of im­proved cir­cu­la­tion is that your sex life could take a turn for the bet­ter – you can ex­pect bet­ter or­gasms, and your man’s likely to be less prone to erec­tile dys­func­tion, af­ter giv­ing up smok­ing!

If you need even more rea­sons to give up, your sense of smell and taste will im­prove as your mouth and nose are no longer dulled by the hun­dreds of toxic chem­i­cals in cig­a­rettes.

Your skin will start to glow too – be­cause, as a non-smoker, you’ll be get­ting more nu­tri­ents and oxygen into your sys­tem. What’s not to love? Dur­ing last year’s Stop­to­ber cam­paign 16% of all smok­ers set out to quit their habit, though of course not all of them were suc­cess­ful.

Even so, there are now nearly twice as many ex-smok­ers as cur­rent smok­ers across Eng­land, says Rosanna O’Con­nor, Di­rec­tor of Drugs, Al­co­hol and To­bacco for Public Health Eng­land. “But that still leaves 7.6 mil­lion peo­ple across the UK who are reg­u­larly lighting up – and smok­ing is the big­gest cause of pre­ventable early death, with over 100,000 deaths a year. If you’re a smoker, giv­ing up is the best thing you can do for your health – so see if Stop­to­ber can help you quit for good.”

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