The best thing you can do for your health and the health of your family is to stop smoking. It can be difficult at times in the early stages but it really is worth it.
You probably know that smoking is harmful to your lungs, but did you know that it also damages your heart and blood vessels?
In fact, if you smoke you are 2-4 times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
Once you have stopped smoking, after:
You are twice as likely to stop smoking permanently with support rather than without support and if you use appropriate medication you are twice as likely to stop smoking permanently.
You are more likely to remain positive if you continue to reward yourself, short, medium and long-term for being a non-smoker. Try rewards other than food - for example, going to the movies.
The Quit Group is a charitable trust offering a free quit smoking telephone helpline as well as an extensive website. Call Quitline on 0800 778 778
Talk to your Doctor or Practice Nurse - Most GPs practice nurses will be able to provide you with advice and support as well as access to the subsidised NRT. Should you wish to use one of the prescription medications, your doctor will be able to help you. Your general practice may also be able to advise you on community based programmes available in your area.