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No SmokiNg Day march 12, 2014
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The financial benefits of stopping soon add up.
1 day - SAVE £8
1 week - SAVE £56
1 month - SAVE £240
3 months - SAVE £730
6 months - SAVE £1,460 1 year - SAVE £2,920
Ways to help you quit smoking:
• Set a day in advance that you will stop and tell your family and friends and workmates so that they can support you.
• Do it with a friend or colleague. If someone gives up with you, you can enforce each other’s willpower.
• Clear your house of all your smoking materials, not just cigarettes, but lighters, matches, rolling papers, ashtrays etc.
• Chew. Chewing on gum will give you something to do with your mouth as a distraction.
• Ask your friends not to smoke around you.
• Take things one day at a time, and mark down
your progress on a calendar.
• Keep all the money you’ve saved separately, and then treat yourself with it.
• Make use of any prescription or non-prescription aids available (your pharmacist or GP can advise you on this) or, alternatively, try other therapies like hypnotherapy or acupuncture.
• Join a “stop smoking” support group for both professional advice and support from other people.
Smoking is the single greatest cause of death in the developed world. It has killed more people than both world wars put together and still kills 114,000 people each year in the UK commonly through lung cancer and cardio vascular disease.
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The health benefits of quitting smoking on your body start straight away.
20 minutes - Your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal. Circulation in hand and feet improve making them feel warmer.
8 to 24 hours -Nicotine and carbon monoxide start to leave your body and oxygen levels return to normal. Your chances of a heart attack start to fall.
24 hours - Your lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.
48 to 72 hours - Your sense of smell and taste both improve. You should start to breathe easier as airway passages in the lungs begin to relax.
2 to 12 weeks - Exercise becomes easier and your breathing and circulation improves.
3 to 9 months - Any coughs, wheezing and breathing problems are reduced as your lungs repair. Lung function increases by up to 10%.
1 year - Your risk of coronary heart disease is now half that of a smoker.
10 to 15 years - Your risk of developing lung cancer is almost the same as a non-smoker.

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