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7 key times to quit smoking
Research shows that most smokers get motivated to quit very suddenly, spurred into action by a specific event, milestone or resolution.
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Smokers are four times more likely to succeed at quitting with NHS support.Find your local stopsmoking service or ask your GP to refer you to an NHS Stop Smoking dvisor.
!se one of these key times to get" and stay" motivated to quit.
!ew "ear#s stop smoking resolution
$hy quit round # million of us will make a New $ear%s resolution to improve an aspect of our health
and stopping smoking is one of the most common ones. &reak down your goal into smaller steps and reward yourself when you achieve one of these. 'ell your friends that you are stopping smoking" focus on the (enefits ) financial and physical ) of success and keep a diary of your progress. %tay motivated& *e have all you need to help you achieve your goal to stop smoking" including ordering a free +uit ,it" getting support and tracking your progress. -ead more a(out how to stick to New $ear%s resolutions.
%top smoking when you're pregnant
$hy quit .very cigarette harms your (a(y and if you carry on smoking during your pregnancy the potential risks includemiscarriage" having your (a(y early" low (irth weight and (irth defects. /f you quit smoking" (oth you and your (a(y will (e healthier and you will (e less likely to have pro(lems during the (irth. /f you%re thinking a(out starting a family ) or you0re already pregnant ) you have a wonderful reason to quit smoking. %tay motivated& !se pregnancy symptoms and your change in routine to help you stop smoking. /f you%re lucky" you%ll (e one of the women who can%t stand the smell of smoke (ecause ofmorning sickness and that will make it easier to cut out cigarettes. $ou%ll pro(a(ly find that your daily routine will change throughout pregnancy" too. 'ake advantage of the change to (reak the link with nicotine.
'he NHS Pregnancy Smoking Helpline on 1211 342 3155 offers free help" support and advice on stopping smoking when you0re pregnant" including details of local NHS Stop Smoking Services. No Smoking 7ay is a good time to quit (ecause you%ll know you%re not alone ) thousands of others are trying to stop smoking along with you.
(etting fit can help you stop smoking
$hy quit =ay(e you0ve decided to start an e<ercise programme or take up a new sport" and you0ve noticed how smoking-related symptoms" like shortness of (reath" affect you when you e<ercise.
)uit when you become a grandparent
$hy quit $ou pro(a(ly want to spend as much time with your new grandchild as possi(le" (ut if you smoke you could (e harming the (a(y%s health. 'here%s evidence that e<ercise will improve your mood and damp down cravings in the early stages of quitting.
!o %moking Day helps quitters
*hy quit6 . nd many succeed. Smoking in a car is even worse (ecause all of the smoke is concentrated into a small space. Smokers have less endurance than non-smokers and take longer to recover after e<ercise.very year around a million smokers" especially women" use No Smoking 7ay to try to quit. -ead more a(out the ne<t No Smoking 7ay on *ednesday =arch 34 4135. &ut as soon as you quit" you%ll find that you feel fitter" less (reathless and (etter a(le to play sports.ven if you open a window" or move to a different room" secondhand smoke will still (e present in a room after two-and-a-half hours. /t%ll also help to stop you putting on weight when you quit. >hildren who (reathe in secondhand smoke are at more risk ofcot death or conditions including allergies" asthma" chest infections and (reathing pro(lems. %tay motivated& Not only will you (ecome fitter if you stop smoking" you can use e<ercise to help you quit. nd don%t (e put off (y the fact you may have (een smoking for many years. %tay motivated& 'ell yourself that you%re quitting not only for your own health" (ut that of your grandchild." radio and newspaper reports and hundreds of events taking place up and down the country ) and that can (e a (ig incentive too. $ou can also sign up to receive ongoing advice and support at a time that suits you. services are more likely than younger ones to quit successfully. >entre for 'o(acco Studies found that older smokers using NHS stop-smoking
. 'he No Smoking 7ay charity estimates that more than 3.8 million smokers have quit for good since its launch in 39:2. =oving to the other side of the room to smoke" or even into another room" doesn%t completely remove the risk. -ead a(out the risks of passive smoking and how the NHS can help you to stop smoking. recent study (y the !. . -ead more a(out quitting smoking in pregnancy. >onsider how your son or daughter may feel a(out you smoking around their (a(y. 'here%s usually lots of coverage of the day in the media with helpful '. %tay motivated& No Smoking 7ay%s dedicated we(site for quitters has tips and advice on stopping smoking. . &oost your fitness with fun and practical ideas to help you get into shape" from e<ercising at home to learning to dance.ven if you can0t see or smell any smoke" it0s pro(a(ly still there.
/f you%re having an operation" there%s the added incentive that if you stop smoking (efore you go into hospital you%ll recover more quickly" have (etter wound healing and there will (e less chance of complications. -ead more a(out # steps you can take straight away to stop smoking.
(oing into hospital forces you to stop smoking
$hy quit Smoking is (anned in hospitals so you%ll (e forced to stay off cigarettes during your stay" making this a great opportunity to stop smoking permanently. $ou may think the damage is already done ) or that it0s too late to quit.*se being ill to help you quit
$hy quit /f you have a long-term or life-threatening condition" it%s a good time to quit smoking. trained NHS stop-smoking adviser will give you advice. ma?or illness is a life-changing event that could help you (reak your addiction. %tay motivated& s part of the treatment for your condition" your doctor may recommend that you change your lifestyle (y reducing stress" eating more healthily and doing more e<ercise. &ut that0s not true. 7uring your hospital stay you can get lots of help" includingnicotine replacement therapy @N-'A" to help you cope with any withdrawal symptoms you may e<perience.nowing that this will help your recovery will keep you going. .
. -ead more a(out going into hospital. $ou0ll reap noticea(le health (enefits within 41 minutes of smoking that last cigarette. /f you want help preparing" ask your GP or a mem(er of the hospital staff to refer you to the hospital%s stopsmoking service. -ead our guide on how to look after yourself if you have a long-term condition. %tay motivated& /deally you should stop smoking a(out eight weeks (efore you go into hospital.