More Information on Smoking Cessation

In the clinic you will be given support in working through the various stages of stopping, as in:

  • Thinking about stopping
  • Preparing to stop (proper planning will make you much more likely to succeed),
  • Setting a quit date and sticking to it.
  • Staying stopped (changing your attitude to smoking and your life style).
  • Dealing with relapses (You haven't failed - so don't feel guilty, you have learnt valuable lessons that can help you next time.)  

The Health Benefits of giving up:

  • Blood pressure & pulse return to normal, along with circulation to hands and feet. Within 20minutes of stopping.
  • Blood oxygen levels increase to normal, and your chances of having a heart attack start to fall.  Within 8 hours of stopping.
    Carbon monoxide leaves the body, allowing the lungs to clear out mucus and debris. Within 24 hours of stopping.
  • Your body is now nicotine free, your sense of taste and smell begin to improve. Within 48 hours of stopping.
  • Breathing is easier, and your energy levels increase.  Within 72 hours of stopping.
  • Circulation improves throughout the body, making exercise easier. Within 2-12 weeks of stopping.
  • Breathing problems improve and lung efficiency is increased by 5-10%. Within 3-9 months of stopping.
  • Risk of a heart attack fall to about half that of a smoker. After 5 years after stopping.
  • Risk of lung cancer falls to around half that of a smoker and the risk of a heart attack falls to the same as someone that has never smoked.
  • So make an appointment now and don't put off giving up!

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