Tobacco causes 8 million deaths each year. Smoking remains the leading cause of death and illness in Newham and nearly 40,000 residents in the city smoke.
It represents about 14% of the adult population, which is higher than the London average (13%). Smoking is more common among people with mental health conditions. 26% of adults in Newham with a long-term mental health condition have been identified as smokers. Reducing smoking among this group will reduce the health inequalities they sometimes experience.
Some smokers believe that smoking helps you to relax, while smoking actually increases anxiety and stress. Quitting not only improves your physical health – it also increases your mental health and well-being. When evidence was released this year that smokers were more likely to develop serious illnesses with COVID-19 compared to non-smokers, it caused millions of smokers to quit smoking. Quitting can be challenging, especially with the added social and financial stress that has affected many due to the pandemic. But there are many reasons to stop!
- The benefits of quitting tobacco are almost immediate.
- After just 20 minutes of quitting smoking, your heart rate drops.
- Within 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
- Within 2-12 weeks your circulation improves and increases lung function.
- Reduce cough and shortness of breath within 1-9 months.
- Within 5-15 years, your stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker.
- Within 10 years, your lung cancer mortality rate is about half that of a smoker.
- Within 15 years, your risk for heart disease is that of a non-smoker. If that’s not enough, here are a few more reasons!
Smokers who quit for six weeks or longer are happier and experience less anxiety and depression than those who continue to smoke. People who have stopped smoking for a year are happier than those who have stopped smoking.
There has never been a more important time to quit smoking.
Residents who want to quit smoking can refer to the service themselves by:
- Call the helpline on 020 7882 8230/0800 1691943
- Email [email protected]
- SMS or WhatsApp WNTD I want to stop by 07474 082 330
- Or for more information visit www.newham.gov.uk/stopsmoking
What happens when you sign up?
Quitting smoking with expert help increases the chances of quitting three or four times. Quit Smoking Practitioners will provide practical advice and tips on how to quit smoking, including the best methods available, such as Nicotine replacement therapy (such as patches and gums) to reduce withdrawal symptoms. Increase your chances of quitting smoking with a combination of counselor support and free medication.
Even if you’ve tried it before – why not try again – you can do it. Call us. Newham Stop Smoking Advisors can support you through this journey.