Stopping Smoking

Stoptober is back to help more smokers split up from their relationship with smoking

Stoptober is back, so give it a go and quit smoking for 28 days. This Stoptober, smokers are being encouraged to end a bad relationship and split up with smoking for 28 days from 1 October.
Early indications from the UCL Smoking Toolkit Study indicate a 2.2% drop in smoking prevalence so far in 2019. Public Health England is encouraging England’s remaining smokers to join in with the nation’s biggest quit attempt and providing them with the information and support they need to split up with smoking now.
If you are a smoker, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you. 
For more information about ‘Stoptober’ click here

The physical benefits of stopping smoking

Stopping smoking can significantly improve your lifestyle and health in ways you might not expect.  Some of the benefits are immediate and some are longer term:
  • After 20 minutes - Blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal
  • After 8 hours - Carbon monoxide levels in the blood reduce by half and oxygen levels return to normal
  • After 48 hours - Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris. Ability to taste and smell is greatly improved
  • After 72 hours - Breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase
  • After 2 to 12 weeks - Your circulation improves
  • After 3 to 9 months - Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%
  • After 1 year - Risk of heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker
  • After 10 years - Risk of death from lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker 
  • After 15 years – Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked

The financial benefits of stopping smoking

  • The average price of a pack of 20 cigarettes in the UK is £10.77
  • The average male smoker in the UK smokes 8.1 cigarettes a day which works out as 243 cigarettes a month. That’s a cost of £130.85 a month and £1,592 a year
  • The average female smoker  in the UK smokes 7.8 cigarettes a day which works out as 234 for a month. That’s a cost of £126 a month and £1,533 a year
  • A 20-a-day smoker can save up to £75.39 a week, £323.10 a month and £3,931 a year by stopping smoking
  • Over the last ten years the cost of tobacco has increased by 97%

If you’re ready to quit smoking, specialist services are available to offer advice and support

Smokefree Norfolk Stop Smoking Service offer specialist stop smoking advice and support to smokers from across Norfolk who want to quit. Every year the services help thousands of people to give up smoking successfully.

Specialist stop smoking advisors will work with you to find what works best for you; offering everything from intensive support, group sessions, one-to-one appointments, and drop-in sessions, all delivered in locations around the county (possibly even your own home). Times may vary depending on specific clinics, but advisors will generally see you on weekdays between 8:30am and 6pm.

Who is this service for? 

Any smoker living in Norfolk who wants support to quit smoking can access the services. You can ask your GP, pharmacist or other healthcare professional to refer you to the service. Alternatively you can contact the service directly by:

  • Calling freephone 0800 0854 113 (8am - 6pm). An answer machine service is available outside of opening hours.
  • Visit the Smokefree Norfolk website