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Don't Wait 2022

It's never too late to quit smoking - that's the message in the run up to Stoptober - and the benefits begin within 20 minutes.
 
Gateshead Council is backing the Don't Wait campaign which is reminding people of the risks of smoking and the benefits of stopping. Quitting smoking can bring benefits to almost anyone at any age as the body begins to recover within hours, days and weeks.

As well as improving health, stopping will save you money and can help reduce stress and anxiety. For support and to find out how much you could save visit FreshQuit.co.uk.
 
Dr Ruth Sharrock, Respiratory Consultant with Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Some people think it's too late to stop, or worry they will struggle to quit, but it is always worth trying. Each time you make a quit attempt, you are getting closer.

"The benefits of quitting are real. As well as reducing the risk of serious disease it can make you feel so much better, give you more energy and money and help you to breathe more easily."
 
Smoking causes 16 types of cancer, heart disease, dementia, stroke and COPD and makes us more vulnerable to infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and flu. 

Stopping smoking can also reduce stress and improve mental health with the benefits seen after just six weeks .

Your chances are improved if you use a quitting aid such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy or switching completely to vaping to reduce cravings. Your pharmacist or local stop smoking service can advise on the best quitting aids to help you.
 
In addition, there are free local Stop Smoking services near you which can help you develop a plan to help you stop. With their help, you're three times as likely to quit for good.
 
Here's how your body recovers:
 
After 20 minutes
Your pulse rate starts to return to normal.
 
After 8 hours    
Your oxygen levels are recovering, and the level of harmful carbon monoxide in your blood will have reduced by half.
 
After 48 hours
All carbon monoxide is flushed out. Your lungs are clearing out mucus and your senses of taste and smell are improving.
 
After 72 hours
If you notice that breathing feels easier, it's because your bronchial tubes have started to relax. Also your energy will be increasing.
 
After 2-12 weeks
Blood will be pumping through to your heart and muscles much better because your circulation will have improved.
 
After 6 weeks
Smokers who stop have better mental health than those who continue to smoke. One study found that benefits could be seen as soon as six weeks and were maintained even a number of years after stopping.
 
After 3-9 months
Any coughs, wheezing or breathing problems will be improving as your lung function increases.
 
After 1 year
Great news! Your risk of heart attack will have halved compared with a smoker's.
 
After 10 years
Your risk of death from lung cancer will have halved compared with a smoker's.
Source: https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/quit-smoking/

More ways to quit than ever

Quitting smoking can be easier and less stressful with the right support. Several different treatments are available from shops, pharmacies and on prescription to help you beat your addiction and reduce withdrawal symptoms:

Nicotine Replacement Therapy provides you with a low level of nicotine, without the tar, carbon monoxide and other poisonous chemicals in tobacco smoke. 

Bupropion (brand name Zyban) is a medicine originally used to treat depression, but it has since been found to help people quit smoking. 

E-cigarettes allow people to inhale nicotine without most of the harmful effects of smoking, as the vapour contains no tar or carbon monoxide. Research has found that e-cigarettes can help you give up smoking, so you may want to try them rather than the medications listed above. E-cigarettes are not currently available on prescription, although vaping is much cheaper than smoking.  

Smokefree savings

The cost of living is a worry for everyone, but quitting smoking can save you a packet:

  • One week's savings - around £36. 
  • Two weeks' savings - around £72. 
  • Three weeks' savings - around £109 would pay for a family food shop. 
  • Four weeks' savings of £144 would buy a premium Netflix subscription for a year 
  • If you want to get fit and active as a family, six months' savings of £949 could buy two children's bikes and two adults' bikes 
  • £1,899 saved in a year could give you a deposit on a new car, money towards your power bill or a trip away
     
Don't Wait 2022
22 September 2022

It's never too late to quit smoking - that's the message in the run up to Stoptober - and the benefits begin within 20 minutes.
 
Gateshead Council is backing the Don't Wait campaign which is reminding people of the risks of smoking and the benefits of stopping. Quitting smoking can bring benefits to almost anyone at any age as the body begins to recover within hours, days and weeks.

As well as improving health, stopping will save you money and can help reduce stress and anxiety. For support and to find out how much you could save visit FreshQuit.co.uk.
 
Dr Ruth Sharrock, Respiratory Consultant with Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Some people think it's too late to stop, or worry they will struggle to quit, but it is always worth trying. Each time you make a quit attempt, you are getting closer.

"The benefits of quitting are real. As well as reducing the risk of serious disease it can make you feel so much better, give you more energy and money and help you to breathe more easily."
 
Smoking causes 16 types of cancer, heart disease, dementia, stroke and COPD and makes us more vulnerable to infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and flu. 

Stopping smoking can also reduce stress and improve mental health with the benefits seen after just six weeks .

Your chances are improved if you use a quitting aid such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy or switching completely to vaping to reduce cravings. Your pharmacist or local stop smoking service can advise on the best quitting aids to help you.
 
In addition, there are free local Stop Smoking services near you which can help you develop a plan to help you stop. With their help, you're three times as likely to quit for good.
 
Here's how your body recovers:
 
After 20 minutes
Your pulse rate starts to return to normal.
 
After 8 hours    
Your oxygen levels are recovering, and the level of harmful carbon monoxide in your blood will have reduced by half.
 
After 48 hours
All carbon monoxide is flushed out. Your lungs are clearing out mucus and your senses of taste and smell are improving.
 
After 72 hours
If you notice that breathing feels easier, it's because your bronchial tubes have started to relax. Also your energy will be increasing.
 
After 2-12 weeks
Blood will be pumping through to your heart and muscles much better because your circulation will have improved.
 
After 6 weeks
Smokers who stop have better mental health than those who continue to smoke. One study found that benefits could be seen as soon as six weeks and were maintained even a number of years after stopping.
 
After 3-9 months
Any coughs, wheezing or breathing problems will be improving as your lung function increases.
 
After 1 year
Great news! Your risk of heart attack will have halved compared with a smoker's.
 
After 10 years
Your risk of death from lung cancer will have halved compared with a smoker's.
Source: https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/quit-smoking/

More ways to quit than ever

Quitting smoking can be easier and less stressful with the right support. Several different treatments are available from shops, pharmacies and on prescription to help you beat your addiction and reduce withdrawal symptoms:

Nicotine Replacement Therapy provides you with a low level of nicotine, without the tar, carbon monoxide and other poisonous chemicals in tobacco smoke. 

Bupropion (brand name Zyban) is a medicine originally used to treat depression, but it has since been found to help people quit smoking. 

E-cigarettes allow people to inhale nicotine without most of the harmful effects of smoking, as the vapour contains no tar or carbon monoxide. Research has found that e-cigarettes can help you give up smoking, so you may want to try them rather than the medications listed above. E-cigarettes are not currently available on prescription, although vaping is much cheaper than smoking.  

Smokefree savings

The cost of living is a worry for everyone, but quitting smoking can save you a packet:

  • One week's savings - around £36. 
  • Two weeks' savings - around £72. 
  • Three weeks' savings - around £109 would pay for a family food shop. 
  • Four weeks' savings of £144 would buy a premium Netflix subscription for a year 
  • If you want to get fit and active as a family, six months' savings of £949 could buy two children's bikes and two adults' bikes 
  • £1,899 saved in a year could give you a deposit on a new car, money towards your power bill or a trip away
     
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