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Smoking Cessation

Smokefree St Helens is pleased to provide a new drop-in session offering St Helens residents/workers support to help them to quit or reduce their smoking.
For more information, please click here.

Beneficial health changes when you stop smoking

Stop smoking and the body will begin to repair the damage done almost immediately, kick-starting a series of beneficial health changes that continue for years.

Time since quittingBeneficial health changes that take place
20 minutesBlood pressure and pulse rate return to normal.
8 hoursNicotine and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by half, oxygen levels return to normal.
24 hoursCarbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body.
Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.
48 hoursThere is no nicotine left in the body.
Ability to taste and smell is greatly improved.
72 hoursBreathing becomes easier.
Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.
2 - 12 weeksCirculation improves.
3 - 9 monthsCoughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function is increased by up to 10%.
1 yearRisk of a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.
10 yearsRisk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker.
15 yearsRisk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms are the physical and mental changes that occur following interruption or termination of drug use. They are normally temporary and are a product of the physical or psychological adaptation to long-term drug use, requiring a period of re-adjustment when the drug is no longer ingested. In the case of smoking, some of these are:

Withdrawal symptomDurationProportion of those trying to quit who are affected
Irritability/aggressionLess than 4 weeks50%
DepressionLess than 4 weeks60%
RestlessnessLess than 4 weeks60%
Poor concentrationLess than 2 weeks60%
Increased appetiteGreater than 10 weeks70%
Light-headednessLess than 48 hours10%
Night-time awakeningsLess than 1 week25%
CravingGreater than 2 weeks70%

Want to find out more?

There are many websites which you can visit which can inform about the dangers of smoking and about the support available to people who want to quit. Below are a sample some useful websites – just click the links to find out more…

http://www.quit.org.uk/so_you_want_to_quit.pdf
http://www.bhf.org.uk/giveup/alternative_methods.asp
http://www.ash.org.uk

 
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