Stop smoking

Amazing things happen when you quit smoking

Quitting smoking is the only, most important thing you can do to improve your health and well-being.

You are four times more likely to quit smoking than you are to try to quit smoking alone.

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Health benefits after quitting smoking

There are many benefits to quitting smoking. The table below shows some of the health benefits when you quit smoking.

Time after work The health benefits of quitting smoking
20 minutes The pulse returns to normal
8 hours Nicotine is reduced by 90% and blood carbon monoxide levels by 75%. Blood circulation improves
24 hours Carbon monoxide and nicotine are almost eliminated from the body. The lungs begin to clear the remnants of cigarettes
48 hours All traces of nicotine are removed from the body. Improves taste and smell
72 hours It is easier to breathe. The bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels rise
2-12 weeks Blood circulation improves
1 month Physical appearance improves – the skin loses its grayish complexion and becomes less wrinkled
3-9 months Cough and wheezing are reduced
1 year The risk of excessive heart attack is reduced by half
10 years The risk of lung cancer falls on about half of smokers
15 years The risk of heart attack is the same as a person who has never smoked

Help is available to help you get out

There is support to help you quit smoking. The sheer number of options means that you can find the service that suits you. Service counselors are there to help you quit smoking. They can also provide information on various ways to quit smoking, such as e-cigarettes, carbon monoxide readings, literature and tips.

We invite residents to use the following services to help them quit smoking. They can also provide information on various ways to quit smoking, such as e-cigarettes, carbon monoxide readings, literature and tips.

  • Everyone’s Health Redbridge (Redbridge Smoking Cessation Service)

Clients can choose to receive individual or group support from Everyone Health Specialist Practitioners in community areas in the settlement. Alternatively, support can be provided through participating pharmacies throughout Redbridge. Phone and virtual support are also available as part of the service. Clients will also be able to obtain smoking cessation medications to manage their smoking cessation journey.

Contact information for the service: 0333 005 0095 or clinical.contactcentre@nhs.net.

Residents can seek free specialist, personalized support from trained health counselors over the phone to help them quit smoking.

Contact information for Stop Smoking London: www.stopsmoking.london.com; Hotline number: 0300 123 1044 #stopsmokinglondon

Useful links

Other MyLife pages: Healthy eating, Healthy weight, Diabetes

External sites: NHS Smokefree, NHS Choices Stop Smoking, Quit Charity, Smoking and Health Activities, British Lung Foundation, Diabetes UK