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If you have a heart condition one of the most important things you can do for yourself is to stop smoking. At first it may feel overwhelming to think about stopping. Don't waste time feeling guilty about the past. Instead, try to think about the future. It is never too late to stop smoking.
Different approaches to giving up smoking suit different people. There is a lot of help and support available to help you. You do not need to do it on your own. Seeking support is not a sign of weakness: it is a sign that you really do want to stop smoking.
When you smoke about 4000 chemicals are released. These include at least 80 cancer-causing chemicals; hundreds of poisons and nicotine (a highly addictive drug). See Cancer Research website for more details.
What smoking does to your body:
The good news is that from the moment you stop smoking the risks to your health start to decline.
These figures are based on a 20-a-day smoker paying £7.40 per packet of 20 cigarettes. You can also use this online cost calculator to find out how much smoking is costing you.
You are 4 times more likely to quit smoking with professional support and prescribed medicines such as nicotine replacement therapy.
Examples of nicotine replacement products
The nicotine is the addictive substance found in cigarettes; it is this that gives you the craving to smoke and the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when you stop. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) can help with this. NRT is available to buy from pharmacies and is also available on prescription.
NRT comes in a variety of different styles and in various strengths:
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using NRT.
There are two drugs available on prescription that are designed to help you stop smoking. Talk to your doctor to see if either is suitable for you.