Giving up smoking is, without doubt, the biggest single step that you can take to improve your health. More than 300 people die every day because of smoking related illness & disease, whilst countless others live in misery because of the effects of smoking.
Lung cancer is the biggest killer. More than 38,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year, 90% of whom die within 5 years of diagnosis. Bronchitis and emphysema also contribute to the smoking death rate, while smokers are also at an increased risk from other cancers and heart disease.
By quitting smoking today, and adopting a healthy lifestyle you can substantially reduce the risk of dying from lung cancer. Within 10 years of stopping your smoking addiction the risk of developing lung cancer falls dramatically to just above the chances of a non-smoker getting the disease.
Giving up nicotine though is no easy task. It takes determination, self-belief and a real desire to stop smoking. You also need motivation - do you want to be around to see your kids' kids grow up?
As with all addictions, help is on hand to kick the habit. The first thing you must do though is admit that smoking is killing you and that you want to do something about it. Counselling is available, as are products to manage withdrawal and also advice on developing a new lifestyle regime.
For more information please use the resources on our site.