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Reasons to become Smokefree


If you want to quit smoking to save money – there is big money to be saved!
If you haven’t already added up the benefits to quitting smoking, think about how much of your income is going up in smoke every week. The average 10-a-day smoker spends around £40 a week on tobacco. That’s over £2,000 a year!
Take a look at the Cost Calculator here to find out what else you could be spending your money on whilst becoming healthier at the same time.
 
Reasons to stop smoking
We know it can be easier said than done to stop smoking. But do you really know the effects smoking could be having on you and your body?
Check out the lists below that tell you some of the effects of smoking can have on you, your body and those around you.

Short term effects of smoking:
  • Gum disease and bad breath
  • Becoming more susceptibility to colds and flu
  • Stained fingers
  • Clothes and hair smelling of smoke
  • Expensive for the wallet and purse
  • Family, friends and pets exposed to second-hand smoke
  • Children and young people around you could learn from your smoking behaviour

Long term effects of smoking:
  • Risk of lung cancer as well as 15 other cancers
  • Poor circulation in arms and legs
  • Children and young people around you could learn from your smoking behaviour
  • Family, friends and pets exposed to second-hand smoke
  • Expensive for your wallet and purse

Second-hand (passive) smoking
Passive smoking is breathing in second-hand tobacco smoke from the air. Less than three out of 10 adults smoke but nearly everyone at times is breathing in secondary smoke.
To find out more information on passive smoking take a look at the NHS Smokefree information.
 If you have children or you are around children take a look at the Take 7 Steps Out campaign on ways you can protect them from second-hand smoke.
 

To live longer – one in two smokers will die from a smoking related illness. Smoking is the main cause of lung cancer and can cause many other cancers. Smoking also raises your risk of other deadly infections such as heart attacks and stroke.

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To feel healthier – smoking negatively impacts on almost every part of your body. You are more likely to get poorly if you smoke. Quitting smoking allows you to breathe easier, improves your oral health and makes your skin brighter again and much more.

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To save money – the average smoker can smoke around eleven cigarettes a day which can cost around £40 per week and around £2,000 a year. Think of all of that money you could save and spend elsewhere by quitting smoking… how about a new car, kick starting a savings fund, a holiday, a wedding, renovating your home and so much more!

moneybagSmoking around children and young people can also mean that they are more likely to
become smokers themselves.

loveTo protect those you love – second hand smoke is the smoke that comes from a cigarette as well as the smoke that is breathed out by a smoker. Second-hand smoke is dangerous to anyone who breathes it in, including children, young people and pets. Smoking around children and young people can also mean that they are more likely to become smokers themselves.

To feel less stressed – many smokers and non-smokers think that smoking helps them to deal with stress and anxiety, but it does the complete opposite. Nicotine creates an immediate sense of relaxation, but this is short lived and quickly leads the body to crave another cigarette.

To protect the environment – the single most littered item in the UK isn’t plastic bottles or dog poo, it is cigarettes. Cigarettes contain many plastics that are not biodegradable and contain harmful chemicals that can go into the environment where they are littered. 


Need more inspiration to quit smoking? Check out these amazing stories of people in Greater Manchester who have become smokefree: Get inspired | GMHealthHub
 
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