Smoking is the single biggest preventable cause of death. Half of all regular smokers will die of a smoking-related illness.
One of the best reasons to quit is the benefit to your own health and wellbeing:
- smoking causes serious health problems, many of them life-threatening
- smoking increases your risk of stroke and heart disease, and your chances of developing respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema
- smoking can contribute to several types of cancer (not just lung cancer) and a certain type of leukaemia
- smoking can also damage your ability to conceive and is dangerous for your unborn child if you are pregnant
- smoking can damage the health of your family and friends through breathing second-hand smoke
Avoiding long-term illness is a great incentive to quit, but there are everyday benefits too.
After quitting you will:
- have more energy
- be better at fighting off colds and flu
- be free from cravings and mood swings
- look and feel younger
You’ll also notice the benefits in your purse, saving thousands of pounds a year if you’re a regular smoker.
Where can I find help to quit?
Read about what treatment and support is available:
Visit NHS Smokefree online to:
- order a free quit kit and information leaflets
- download the NHS Smokefree smartphone app
- find local support
Visit NHS Choices website to:
- read about smoking and related illnesses, including the dangers of smoking when pregnant
- self-help tips on how to give up