Nearly one in five adults in Suffolk smoke and about half will die from the habit.
Smoking can cause your blood vessels to become blocked, giving you more chance of having a heart attack or stroke. Tar produced from smoking also contains over 60 cancer-causing chemicals.
Half of all long term smokers die early from smoking-related diseases including heart disease, lung cancer and chronic bronchitis. It's never too late to benefit from quitting smoking and the good news is that the moment you quit, the health benefits kick in straight away!
Stopping smoking will make a huge improvement to your health and lifestyle, sometimes in ways you might not even expect:
- You will save money - the average smoker spends over £1,500 a year on cigarettes!
- Your sense of taste will improve
- Your breathing and fitness will improve
- The appearance of your teeth and skin will improve
- Being smoke free helps relieve the symptoms of stress anxiety and depression
- Your fertility levels will improve along with your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby
There are also real benefits for your friends and family once you give up smoking:
- You will be protecting those around you by not exposing them to second hand smoke
- You will reduce the chances of your children suffering from bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma attacks, meningitis and ear infections
Where can I get support if I want to stop smoking?
OneLife Suffolk can help you ‘kick the habit’ for good. In fact, you're four times more likely to quit with their help.
- One to one and group sessions
- Nicotine replacement products
- Other prescription medication
- Free weight management and physical activity courses if you are worried quitting could cause you weight gain
How do I contact OneLife Suffolk?
Telephone: 01473 718193
Self-Refer: You can self-refer to OneLife Suffolk
Your GP surgery and pharmacy can also help you to quit smoking. Contact your GP or local pharmacy for more information.