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Stopping smoking can have huge health benefits, 50% of all long-term smokers will die early from smoking related conditions such as lung cancer and heart disease.1 In addition smokers are likely to lose an average of 16 yars of life compared to the rest of the populations.2 The good news is by taking action now you can greatly improve your health and life expectancy. What's more you don't have to go it alone, speak to a member of your pharmacy team who will be happy to help.
Stopping smoking can benefit your health, your family's health and your wallet.
Within the first 24 hours of quitting carbon monoxide will be removed from the body, your oxygen levels, blood pressure and pulse rate will return to normal and your lungs will begin to clear.
After five years of stopping smoking your risk of heart attack is half that of a smoker and after 10 years smoke free your risk of heart attack is the same as if you had never smoked.2
Your family's health
When you smoke, the smoke you exhale and the smoke produced by the burning of the cigarette combine to produce 'secondhand smoke'. 80% of this secondhand smoke is invisible and has no smell.
Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer and heart disease by approximately a quarter. In addition children exposed to smoke are off school due to illness more ften than those who are not exposed. By stopping smoking you not only improve your own health but that of your family.
Stopping smoking will save you money. If you smoke 5 cigarettes a day you could save £653 in a year and this may increase to £2617 over the year if you smoke 20 cigarettes a day.* Perhaps try putting the money you would spend on cigattes to one side and use this to spend on a reward for quitting.
*savings will vary from person to person and are intended as a guide only.
We understand that stopping smoking can be difficult and you may have lapses along the way, in time it does get easier. You can give yourself the best chance by ensuring you have the support you need available. There are a number of medicines that can help with the physical cravings and your local Rowlands Pharmacy team can help or signpost you to your local stop smoking service (this may be within the pharmacy).
Your Rowlands Pharmacy team can advise you of the products available to prevent your cravings and can signpost you to your nearest stop smoking service. Using a stop smoking service will give you the best chance of quitting for good as you will be offered structured advice and support throughout your quitting journey. Many of our pharmacies offer this service in branch, just ask a member of staff for more details.
There are a number of products availaable to suit your personal situation. Speak with a member of your local Rowlands Pharmacy team for personalised advice. Nicotine replacement products come in a variety of forms and will help with the physical cravings, these are available as patches which can be worn for 16 or 24 hours depending on the patch used, lozenges, minitabs, gum and sprays which may be used to treat specific cravings. In addition there are some products available on prescription that may support you in stopping smoking. Speak to your pharmacist or GP to determine if these are suitable for you.
Further information can be found at the following websites:
NHS Choices - www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/smoking
Smokefree - smokefree.nhs.uk
To find your nearest Rowlands Pharmacy simply enter your postcode into the store finder.
1. NHS Choices
3. NICE CKS smoking cessation