No Smoking Day, join thousands of people teaming up to tackle quitting together.

Time to kick the habit!?

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Quitting smoking is a great thing you can do for your health. Even if you’ve smoked for years, quitting will still reduce your risk of heart and circulatory diseases and it’s never too late to quit. 

After stopping smoking benefits happen sooner than you think:

·         20 minutes after you quit smoking, your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal.

·         After 2–3 days your sense of smell and taste improve.

·         After 2–12 weeks exercise becomes easier and your breathing improves.

·         After 1 year your risk of having a heart attack is half that of a smoker.

Tips to get you started

1.     Plan Ahead

Make a promise and set goals, set a date and stick to it. Once you have committed to No Smoking Day as your quit date, think forward to times where it might be difficult (a night out, for example), and plan your actions or escape routes in advance.

2.     Stay Active

Studies show that exercise, even a 5-minute walk around the office, cuts cravings and may help your brain produce anti-craving chemicals.

3.     Change Your Routines

Reflect on when in your routine you usually have a cigarette and then make some changes. If you normally have a cigarette straight after dinner, try getting up and doing the washing up instead.

4.     Re-visit motivations

Write a list of all of the reasons you want to quit. Keep re-visiting that list and reminding yourself why you want to be smokefree.

5.     Get help

Many smokers want to quit but aren’t sure about the best way to go about it. Did you know that you’re up to 3 times more likely to quit successfully with expert help and advice from a Stop Smoking Service?

You don’t have to go it alone

The Stop Smoking Service is there to offer you the guidance you need. There’s lots of FREE support on offer and by using the help that’s right for you, you’ll be boosting your chance of quitting for good. Please call 0800 013 0553 for help.

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