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Thinking about quitting is the first important step in protecting your health. The sooner you quit, the sooner you reverse the damaging effects of tobacco. 

Is it too late to stop?

It's never too late to stop! Stopping at any age will increase your life expectancy, providing you stop before you develop a serious disease.

Within the first 24 hours of quitting your blood pressure and lungs will be showing improvement. After three months your circulation and breathing should have noticeably improved. After five years your risk of having a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.

Can't I just switch to low tar cigarettes or roll-ups?

All smoking is bad for you. Don't be fooled by any misleading advertising.

Cigarettes contain over 4,000 toxic chemicals and approximately 50 of these are cancer-causing. The three main toxins are nicotine, carbon monoxide and tar

Will I gain weight?

When you go smokefree, your appetite and sense of taste may improve, and you may be tempted to snack more often. Make sure you have plenty of healthy snacks, like fruit or nuts, in the house .. and hide the chocolate!

Any weight gain need only be temporary. Once you've stopped smoking, you'll find it easier to be active and lose any extra weight. Your stop smoking advisor will give you advice 

Is secondhand smoke as dangerous as smoking cigarettes?

 

Yes! People exposed to secondhand smoke face the same dangers as smokers themselves. They breathe in the same poisonous gases and toxic chemicals so suffer from the same health risks.

 

Over 80% of secondhand smoke is odourless and invisible. 

 

Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at risk of bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma attacks, meningitis and ear infections.

 

Babies exposed to secondhand smoke are more at risk of cot death.

 

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