Stopping smoking is one of the best things you’ll ever do for your health. When you stop smoking, you give your lungs the chance to repair themselves and you’ll be able to breathe easier along with a long list of other health benefits – and they start almost immediately. We know that smoking is one of the biggest challenges you’ll face, that’s why we’ve compiled some useful facts and tips in this blog to help you ward off cravings, manage stress and keep a positive outlook while you’re on your journey of stopping smoking.
It’s never too late to quit, so join in this Stoptober. Let’s do this!
What happens when you quit?
The sooner you quit, the sooner you’ll notice changes to your body and health. This is what happens when you quit for good.
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 to 12 weeks
Blood will be pumping through to your heart and muscles much better because your circulation will have improved.
After 3 to 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.
Tips for an easier Stoptober
Tip 1: plan your quit
Quitting smoking isn’t an easy task. Create a plan that works for you to help you reach your goal.
First, set a date! Choose a date to quit smoking and stick with it. It’s a great way to mentally prepare to stop smoking.
Tip 2: remember why you decided to quit
Make a list of all the reasons why you want to stop smoking and put it somewhere you’ll see it. When you feel like you want to give up, remind yourself of why you are doing this and keep going!
Tip 3: use the money you save on cigarettes to treat yourself
The average smoker spends around £5.92 a day on cigarettes, which is a whopping £180 a month. Calculate how much you could save!
Make sure you actually see the money you save. Set up a special account or just start a ‘quitting jar’, to store the saved cash. Then for the fun part – deciding how to spend it.
Tip 4: quit with a friend
Grab a friend who also wants to quit. That way, you can keep each other motivated and you’ll know you’re not in it alone.
Tip 5: Identify what makes you crave a cigarette
Strengthen your willpower by limiting or skipping triggers you commonly associate with smoking. Learn how to identify your triggers and get tips for conquering your cravings.
Health screens/lung screens are a great way to monitor your health and detect any underlying issues in your body. At Pall Mall, we offer health screens tailored to you and lung screening to put your mind at ease. Click here for more information or call us on 0300 58 44 55.