Thinking of quitting smoking?
You will see the benefits when you start, as soon as day one.
Smoking causes a wide range of health problems, including, but not limited to;
- Heart disease
- Cancer (not just lung - but the risk of many others)
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- A range of vascular and respiratory diseases
- Lower life expectancy
Reducing your risk of the above can be done by quitting smoking, and it is never to late to see the benefits of quitting smoking. As soon as you quit, your body will begin to repair itself. Your heart rate will drop, your sense of taste and smell will improve, just within days of stopping. Your carbon monoxide and oxygen levels in your blood return to normal (similar to non-smokers).
Within a year, you will have reduced risk of cardiovascular and respiratory disease.
It's not just the health benefits...
In addition you will also be freeing up a considerable amount of money. For example:
Smoking a 20 pack a day? You are spending over £3,500 smoking for the entire year.
This is based on the average cost of a pack costing £9.60 (and with prices only set to rise).
Where to get help to quit
All Community Pharmacies around Scotland offer smoking cessation advice and help. It is done on a walk-in basis - no need for an appointment - during your pharmacies opening hours.
They can offer you one-on-one advice, get you prescriptions to help you quit, and offer support throughout. They will follow-up your care with appointments, and are able to refer you onto any additional smoking cessation services to help with your recovery.
Around 1/3 of those quitting smoking come to use pharmacy services for this purpose.
Alternatively, if you are in to see your GP and want to discuss quitting smoking, please ask your GP for a referral to a Stop Smoking service.