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Stop smoking

Amazing things happen when you quit smoking 

Stopping smoking is the single, most important thing to do to improve your health and wellbeing.

You are four times more likely to quit smoking with help than if you try and give up all on your own.

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Health benefits after stopping smoking

There are many benefits to stopping smoking. The table below show some of the health benefits when you quit smoking.

Time since quitting Health benefits of quitting
20 minutes Pulse return to normal
8 hours Nicotine is reduced by 90% and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by 75%. Circulation improves
24 hours Carbon monoxide and nicotine almost eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out smoking debris
48 hours All traces of nicotine are removed from the body. The ability to taste and smell improves
72 hours Breathing is easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase
2-12 weeks Circulation improves
1 month Physical appearance improves - skin loses its grey pallor and becomes less wrinkled
3-9 months Coughing and wheezing is reduced
1 year Excess risk of a heart attack reduces by half
10 years Risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a continuing smoker
15 years Risk of a heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked

Help is available to help you quit

There is support to help you stop smoking. The many options means that you can find the service that is right for you. Stop Smoking Service advisers are there to support you to quit. They can also provide information on different methods to quit smoking such as electronic cigarettes, carbon monoxide readings, literature and advice.

We encourage residents to use the following services to help them quit smoking. They can also provide information on different methods to quit smoking such as electronic cigarettes, carbon monoxide readings, literature and advice.

  • Everyone Health Redbridge (Redbridge Stop Smoking Service)

Clients can choose to receive one-to-one or group support by Everyone Health's Specialist Practitioners across community locations in the borough. Alternatively, support can be provided through participating pharmacies across Redbridge. Telephone and virtual support is also available as part of the service. Clients will also have access to stop smoking medicines to help manage the quit journey.

Contact details for the service: 0333 005 0095 or clinical.contactcentre@nhs.net.

  • Stop Smoking London

Residents can access free specialist, personalised support from trained health advisers over the phoen to help them quit smoking.

Contact details for Stop Smoking London: www.stopsmoking.london.com; Helpline number: 0300 123 1044 #stopsmokinglondon

Useful links

Other MyLife pages: Healthy eating, Healthy weight, Diabetes

External websites: NHS Smokefree, NHS Choices stop smoking, Quit charity, Action on Smoking and Health, The British Lung Foundation, Diabetes UK

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