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Stop smoking: NHS help


WebMD Medical Reference
Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks

If you decide to quit smoking, the NHS can help.

Smoking costs the NHS billions every year and can cost a 20-a-day smoker more than £2,000 a year.

NHS help is available through your GP, pharmacies or:

In England, visit NHS Smokefree nhs.uk/smokefree

In Scotland, similar NHS help is at hand from NHS Inform

In Wales, visit Help Me Quit

In Northern Ireland, Want2Stop is the place for quitting tips.

Benefits of quitting

The NHS sets out the health and lifestyle advantages of going through the pain of giving up:

  • Reduce your risk of developing illness, disability or death caused by cancer, heart or lung disease.
  • Reduce your risk of gangrene or amputation caused by circulatory problems.
  • Protect the health of those around you by not exposing them to second-hand smoke.
  • Reduce the chances of your children suffering from asthma or glue ear.
  • Improve your fertility levels and your chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby.
  • Improve your breathing and general fitness.
  • Enjoy the taste of food more.
  • Save money - as much as several hundred pounds a month, if you're a heavy smoker.
  • No longer smell of stale tobacco.
  • Appearance of your skin and teeth will improve. See surprising ways smoking affects your looks and life.
  • Feel more confident in social situations - you won't be worrying about the second-hand smoke you create anymore.
  • As a non-smoker, you may even find you get approached more often by potential new friends and partners when out socialising.
  • Your home will smell fresh
  • You will reduce the risk of fire in your home.
Reviewed on June 02, 2017

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