Stop smoking

Its never too late to give up smoking and the rewards speak for themselves. But those who smoke or have smoked know it is not easy. Research shows that smokers who quit having received support are four times more likely to succeed.

Cigarettes contain around 4000 chemicals including ingredients such as rat poison, rocket fuel and nail polish remover.

There are immediate health benefits from the moment you stub out your last cigarette and decide to quit smoking 

Time after stopping smoking

The improvements to your health

20 minutesYour blood pressure and pulse return to normal
24 hoursCarbon monoxide is eliminated from the body
72 hoursEnergy levels increase and your breathing
becomes easier
5 yearsRisk of heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker
10 yearsRisk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker and risk of a
heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never
smoked

There are several ways to get the free, friendly and flexible support you need to stop smoking:

You can speak with your local GP or community pharmacy

You can also contact The Colchester and Tendring Stop Smoking Support Service who have specially trained advisers in your area, offering support, encouragement, information and advice. For more information, contact 0800 731 2656 or email stopsmoking@northeastessex.nhs.uk or visit the NHS Stop Smoking service website.

Last updated on: 30/05/2017 - 11:15