Wednesday March 10th is National No Smoking Day, an annual event that takes place to help those who want to stop smoking, quit for good.
On this day, we are encouraged to reach out to friends and family members who suffer from nicotine addiction to offer the support they may need in order to stop smoking. And if you smoke yourself, National Stop Smoking Day is about empowering you to actively seek out some of the incredible support available to help you quit.
There’s no shying away from the health issues surrounding smoking. Smoking can significantly increase the risk of you developing chronic health issues such lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and lung diseases such as COPD, just to name a few.
The health benefits of stopping smoking
Making the decision to quit smoking may be a difficult one, however, it is one of the most positive and empowering moves you will ever make. Not only will you reap the benefits of a happier and healthier way of living, but you’ll also add years to your life!
8 hours after quitting – The nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in your blood are cut by half and your oxygen levels will return to normal.
24 hours after quitting – Carbon monoxide will completely leave the body; your lungs will start to clear out mucus and other smoking-related debris.
48 hours after quitting – All the nicotine has left your body, and your taste & smell will improve.
72 hours after quitting – Breathing becomes easier as your lungs will start to relax. You’ll find your energy levels should start to increase.
2-12 weeks after quitting – Your circulation will improve. Oxygenated blood flows around your body, improving your health.
3-9 months after quitting – Coughs and wheezing ease and how well you can breathe increases by up to 10%.
1 year smoke-free – Your risk of a heart attack reduces by half.
10 years smoke-free – Your risk of getting lung cancer reduces by half.
15 years smoke-free – Your risk of a heart attack decreases to the same as someone who has never smoked.
Save money when you quit smoking
Health benefits aside, when you stop smoking, you’ll save hundreds and even thousands in your first year alone.
Help Me Quit Wales has a handy cost calculator, so you can see how much money you’ll save when you quit smoking.
You can use the calculator here.
To put the cost savings into perspective, here’s an idea of the amount of money you could save when you stop smoking, based on smoking twenty cigarettes a day:
|Every 6 months
After just six months, you could save enough for a family summer holiday and after a year, a new car!
We understand that giving up something that you are addicted to, like smoking, is no easy task. However, this is why it’s all the more important to reach out and utilise the help that’s available.
In fact, you are four times more likely to successfully quit smoking when accessing support in comparison to going it alone. See below for some great resources.