It's impossible to plead ignorance about the dangers of smoking these days. The warnings appear everywhere, including on cigarette packets. However, at HealthExpress we understand that quitting smoking can be extremely difficult and we want to support your efforts if you decide to take on the challenge.
October is a great time to think about quitting smoking. The NHS 'Stoptober' campaign and others provide motivation and tips to help you quit for good. Last Stoptober, 160,000 people stopped smoking for 28 days or more, and research suggests if you can go a month without a cigarette then you are five times more likely to quit successfully.
At HealthExpress we are trying a different approach to drive home the health issues that smokers experience, by creating masks that give the wearer the appearance of having a smoking related condition such as throat cancer or hole from a tracheotomy. The masks demonstrate the impact that a smoking related condition can have on your appearance, your health and your life.
If you are a smoker you are at risk of developing serious health conditions such as -
In the UK, smoking is responsible for around 86% of deaths from lung cancer, and it is estimated that smoking is the cause of a quarter of all cancer deaths. In 2009, 102,000 people died from smoking related illnesses, making smoking the greatest cause of preventable illness and early death in the UK.
Quitting smoking will dramatically improve your health and increase your chances of living a longer, healthier life. Your sense of taste and smell will return, your appearance will improve, as will your oral health. You'll also save a lot of money!
Thousands of people try to quit smoking every year, but the nicotine found in tobacco is highly addictive and this can make quitting extremely difficult. Luckily there are now a variety of products on the market which can help you kick the habit. You can find out more about these on our Stop Smoking page
To quit smoking you will require a treatment plan, as well as the support of family and friends. Some people do go 'cold turkey' but it's more advisable to cut down gradually in order to give your body a chance to adjust to the withdrawal of nicotine. You may find it easier to quit if you make lifestyle changes such as avoiding situations that tempt you to smoke.
You can discuss the best treatment for you with a doctor, either in person or via an online consultation. Your doctor will take into account factors such as your age and lifestyle when recommending a treatment to you.
The most common treatments involve nicotine replacement therapy such as patches or gum, however with this method the relapse rate is quite high. Treatments such as Champix work in a different way to reduce cravings and preventing the effects of nicotine, so that even if you relapse you will not enjoy smoking. In this way Champix can make quitting easier and increase your chances of success.
If you're ready to quit, you can also download our free app - Puff Away - Stop Smoking Today -