07:05 Friday 08 March 2013

National no smoking day

Written byHeart Research UK

Save the Date: National ‘No Smoking’ Day is 13th March 2013.

No SmokingCould this be the year that you spring into action and go smoke-free once and for all? National ‘No Smoking’ Day is round the corner reminding us of the risks smoking carries and the huge benefits to gain from quitting.

Smoking puts you more at risk of having heart disease, cancer and around 80,000 people die from smoking each year in England, enough to almost fill Wembley stadium. It also harms friends, family members, co-workers and others around you who breathe in the second-hand smoke.

What’s more, if you smoke then your children may well end up doing the same: children whose parents smoke are three times more likely to start and it’s estimated that 23,000 children in England and Wales begin smoking at 15 due to exposure to smoking within their household.

Give up the heartache you will be storing from smoking and ‘march’ forward into spring tobacco-free with these motivating reasons to knock this habit on the head:

  • quitting a 10-a-day habit, you could save over £1,000 a year - rather than smoking away your dream holiday or that new kitchen, why not make it happen?
  • more puff: your lung capacity will increase by 10% in the first nine months of quitting, so watch your fitness improve
  • within 2 to 12 weeks of quitting your circulation will improve making activities such as walking and running much easier and as carbon monoxide levels drop and your blood is able to carry more oxygen, watch your energy levels get a boost
  • you’ll protect your heart and arteries from the build-up of plaque and reduce inflammation and the risk of blood clotting
  • your fresh, youthful  complexion will return as well as fresher breath and whiter teeth
  • worried about putting on weight after you quit? As long as you eat healthily and fit exercise into your life you won’t gain pounds, just more in your bank account
  • smoking reduces fertility and can lead to premature birth and low-birth weight, so stub it out for your future little ones

Tap into all the help and expertise available and speak with your local GP or visit the www.nosmokingday.org.uk or www.smokefree.nhs.uk websites and get yourself fired up to stub out that cigarette for once and for all on the 13th. Plan your rewards to look forward to after quitting and keep a diary as your body springs back into post-cig top health.

For more information and advice about healthy living, contact Heart Research UK via email lifestyle@heartresearch.org.uk.

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