As well as the reasons that we’ve covered, there are lots of other reasons why people choose to stop smoking. SmokeFree Hull has covered a few below:
It’s important to remember that it’s not only your health that you’re affecting when you pick up a cigarette. Second-hand smoke is a danger to those around you and it can increase their chances of developing smoking-related diseases.
Due to the inhalation of harmful chemicals, short-term effects such as coughing and headaches can arise. If someone is exposed to second-hand smoke repeatedly, they may face long-term effects too such as coronary heart disease, lung cancer, stroke and COPD. Even with short exposure to second-hand smoke, there is an increased risk of blood clots which can go on to cause angina or a heart attack.
Smoking and your weight
One concern for existing smokers is that they will put on weight if they stop smoking, but there are things you can do to prevent this from happening.
Smokers can tend to put on weight when they quit for a few reasons:
- Smokers have a higher metabolism.
- Smoking can suppress appetite.
- Food often tastes better when you stop smoking and cravings can start for sugary foods.
- Nicotine cravings may feel like hunger.
- The “hand-to-mouth” action of smoking is replaced by some by snacking.
With healthy eating, regular exercise and the right smoking aids, you’ll be able to suppress cravings without putting on weight.
There are many myths and rumours that surround smoking and it’s important that you know the truths to make the best decision for your body.
- “The damage is already done” – It’s never too late to quit and as soon as you stop, your body will start to repair itself.
- “I’ll put on weight” – As we’ve read above, this doesn’t have to be the case with a suitable quit programme in place.
- “Nicotine is harmful” – Although addictive, nicotine isn’t harmful and using Nicotine Replacement Therapy is a good place to start your quit journey.
- “I’ll get stressed” – You might think that smoking helps to control your stress levels, but it’s actually been proven that non-smokers have lower stress levels.
- “Hand-rolled tobacco is healthier” – Hand-rolled cigarettes may be cheaper, but they are equally, if not more harmful than normal cigarettes.
Remember the following facts to encourage your quitting journey:
- Smoking kills around five times more people than all other avoidable causes of deaths put together
- 300 people die of a smoking-related disease each year
- The NHS spends over 4.5 million pounds treating smoking-related diseases
- Cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, 70 of which are known to cause cancer.
- Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the world.
Let SmokeFree Hull support you on your quit journey, call us today on 01482977617.