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We’ve done our research and put together the best stop smoking tips, advice and services for you to use to help you quit smoking with as much ease as possible. 

If you’re currently thinking of quitting smoking then you’ve taken the vital first steps to a healthier life and you should be proud, we are! We’re not going to lie, it’s hard giving up an addiction. Smoking is something that you have had in your life for a significant amount of time, it’s part of your routine but if you’re thinking about quitting then you’re ready to quit!

Think about what’s made you want to quit… Maybe it’s so that you can run with your children in the park without getting out of breath easily, or maybe it’s that you’ve noticed your teeth have a yellow tinge that wasn’t always there, or maybe it’s just that you’ve simply decided you’ve had enough.

Whatever the reason, Tees Active are here to help! 

We’ve put together a few tips below to help you quit smoking and take control of your health.

What Happens When You Quit Smoking?

After 20 Minutes

Check your pulse rate, it will already be starting to return to normal

After 8 Hours

Your oxygen levels are recovering, and the harmful carbon monoxide level in your blood will have reduced by half

After 48 Hours

All carbon monoxide is flushed out. Your lungs are clearing out mucus and your senses of taste and smell are improving

After 72 Hours

If you notice that breathing feels easier, it’s because your bronchial tubes have started to relax. Also your energy will be increasing

After 2 – 12 Weeks

Blood will be pumping through to your heart and muscles much better because your circulation will have improved

After 3 – 9 Months

Any coughs, wheezing or breathing problems will be improving as your lung function increases by up to 10%

After 1 Year

Great news! Your risk of heart attack will have halved compared with a smoker’s

After 10 Years

More great news! Your risk of death from lung cancer will have halved compared with a smoker’s

Benefits of Quitting Smoking

There are many benefits of quitting smoking, from improving your health to improving the health of those around you, your way of life can greatly improve because you decided to quit smoking. Here are 10 ways from our NHS of how your health will improve when you stop smoking:

Stopping smoking lets you breathe more easily

Stopping smoking gives you more energy

Stopping smoking leaves you less stressed

Stopping smoking improves the body's blood flow and sensitivity

Stopping smoking improves fertility

Stopping smoking improves smell and taste

Stopping smoking slows facial ageing and delays the appearance of wrinkles

Stopping smoking leaves you with whiter teeth and fresher breath

Stopping smoking adds years to your life

Stopping smoking protects your loved ones

Explore Your Quit Smoking Options

It is difficult to quit smoking on your own but quitting cold turkey is not your only choice. There are many services, nationally and locally, that are available to help you quit smoking for good and take control of your health. 

For some people, choosing another option and getting help improves their chances of success. Take a look at these services that are all here to help you quit smoking: 

Stockton Specialist Stop Smoking Services

The Stockton Specialist Stop Smoking Service offers free advice and support to the residents of Stockton-On-Tees borough council areas. They also provide a 12-week stop smoking treatment and support programme tailored to your individual needs. They offer access to their services by telephone, face-to-face consultation and also remote video consultations using the secure NHS Attend Anywhere video service.

If you have any questions about the services that they offer and how they can help you stop smoking call 01642 383819 or 01642 383818 Monday – Friday between 9am and 5pm or visit their website for more information.

NHS Smokefree App

The NHS Smokefree app is available to download for free and is proven to help people quit smoking and start breathing easier. The app allows you to track your progress, see how much you’re saving and get daily support. If you can make it to 28 days smoke-free, you’re 5 times more likely to quit for good! You can find out more about the NHS Smokefree app in the Google Play or Apple Store as well as the NHS Stop Smoking website.

Facebook Smokefree Quit Smoking Support Group

Our NHS have created a Facebook group for people to join and help each other to quit smoking, after all who better to help keep you motivated than other people who are also going through the same thing! The group allows members to interact with each other in a friendly and supportive environment and people share the tips they’re doing to help curb the cravings as well as so much more!

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is medication that provides you with a low level of nicotine, without the tar, carbon monoxide and other poisonous chemicals present in tobacco smoke. These can be bought from pharmacies and some shops. They’re also available on prescription from a doctor or NHS stop smoking service.

It’s available as: skin patches, chewing gum, inhalators (which look like plastic cigarettes), tablets, oral strips and lozenges, nasal and mouth spray.

For more information on who can use which replacements, what they do and their side effects please click here.

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