Did you decide to give up smoking at New Year? Or have you been waiting for National No Smoking Day?
Whenever you decide to stop it is important to be well motivated. The first question that I ask new clients who ask me about quitting smoking is ‘Why is it important to you to stop now?’ If they don’t know or if it’s to please somebody else I tell them to go away and think about it some more.
So, what’s your motivation to stop – is it your health, your family or your wallet? If it’s about your health or your family, there’s lots of good news – you could live up to 15% longer!
· After 20 minutes without a cigarette, your blood pressure and pulse both return to normal.
· After 24 hours carbon monoxide leaves your body and the lungs start to clear.
· After 3 months your circulation improves, so walking and exercise get much easier.
· After 1 year your risk of heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.
· After 5 years your body will have repaired 95% of the effects of smoking.
· After 10 years your risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker.
· After 15 years your risk of heart attack falls to that of someone who has never smoked.
If it’s about your finances there’s more good news. If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day at an average cost of £6 per pack, that’s a monthly saving of about £180 or an annual saving of £2190!
There are lots of products available to help you to quit smoking. Hypnotherapy can be used by itself or alongside other treatments and has been shown to be very effective.
For more information about No Smoking Day see http://www.nosmokingday.org.uk/