In Southampton, around 1 in 6 people smoke. Stopping smoking is one of the best things you will ever do for your health. It’s never too late to stop smoking because quitting will improve your health whatever your age and no matter how long you have smoked for. Some of the benefits of stopping smoking are:
Better physical health
The day you stop smoking, your body will start clearing itself of chemicals and within a few weeks you’ll start to notice an improvement in your sense of taste and smell, find it easier to breathe and you’ll have more energy. You will also start to look better as more oxygen is getting to your skin making it brighter!
Better mental health
Stopping smoking boosts your mental health and wellbeing. Evidence shows that after the withdrawal stage, you will have reduced anxiety, depression and stress
Better for your family and friends
This is one of the biggest motivators for stopping smoking. If you have stopped smoking and are physically and mentally healthy, you’re more likely to be able to support your loved ones and be part of their life in the future. Also, becoming a smoke-free role model means your children are much less likely to take up smoking.
The average smoker can save around £38 per week by quitting smoking, that’s £2,000 per year! Contact us via eConsult for support in your smoke-free journey.
To find free support to quit smoking check out these national NHS resources or local contacts Smoke Free Hampshire or Smoke Free Solutions Southampton.
You can also talk to your local pharmacist for more support. They know it’s hard and are there to offer you the latest help to support you to stop, including Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
Don’t quit quitting!
Support is also available from the NHS Quit Smoking app and with a free personalised quit plan.