As Stoptober nears to an end East Riding residents are reminded that it’s not too late to try to stop smoking.
The most successful quit attempts are made with a combination of support services and quit aids.
The support and tools available during the 28-day Stoptober campaign are still available to people who wish to stop smoking.
The Stoptober campaign encourages smokers to quit with the support most suitable for them, helps smokers to understand the quit aid choices available and provides them with ongoing support through the on-demand tools.
Since launching in 2012, Stoptober has driven over 1.7 million quit attempts and is the biggest mass participation quit attempt in the country.
Dr Tim Allison, director of Public Health at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Quitting can be difficult and we want people to know that we are here for them with support and encouragement through this tough time.
“There are many support tools available to quitters as well as local stop smoking services in the East Riding. Get in touch today to make a start on changing your life for the better.”
What are the benefits of stopping smoking?
Stopping smoking can significantly improve your lifestyle and health in ways you might not expect. Once you stop smoking, some of the benefits are immediate and some are longer term:
After 20 minutes – blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal
After eight hours – carbon monoxide levels in the blood reduces by half and oxygen levels return to normal
After 48 hours – carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris. Ability to taste and smell is greatly improved
After 72 hours – breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.
After two to 12 weeks – your circulation improves
After three to nine months – coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%
After one year – risk of heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker
After 10 years – risk of death from lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker
After 15 years – risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.
If you are a smoker, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you.
For more information visit www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/quit-smoking/stoptoberor visit your local stop smoking service with the East Riding Health Trainers www.nhs-health-trainers.co.uk/our-services/east-riding-stop-smoking
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