Your Quit Smoking Journey Starts with a Quit Chat
It's hard to quit. But it’s worth it. And every day you don’t smoke makes you healthier – and increases your life expectancy.1
Every cigarette you smoke could cause harm to your lungs – and your overall health. Smoking can be the cause of many cancers2 – and quitting is the best action you can take. Remember, whether you are a former smoker or current smoker, you deserve the same level of support and access to care as anyone else. And that care starts with a Quit Chat.
Benefits of quitting smoking
There are immediate benefits to quitting smoking at any age, with the largest reduction in health risks in those who quit the earliest. There are even health benefits to quitting if a person has already been diagnosed with a smoking related disease. Stopping smoking decreases the risk of lung and other cancers, heart attack, stroke and chronic disease compared with continued smoking. Here are some more incentives:
- You will prolong your life and feel better.
- You will protect your loved ones from second-hand smoke. People who breathe in second-hand smoke are at risk of the same diseases as smokers. Second-hand smoke is particularly dangerous to babies and children as they breathe more rapidly and their lungs are not yet fully formed.
- If you have an existing lung condition, the best thing you can do is quit smoking. Quitting will help you with your symptoms and potentially stop your condition getting worse. It will also improve your quality of life.
- You will save money.
- If a person with COPD is still smoking, the most important thing that they can do to slow the rate of deterioration of their lung function, is to quit.
The Quit Chat campaign is all about making the conversation easier – by putting the doctor in the driver’s seat – ready to have a quit chat with her passengers.
Watch the video to hear Dr Hester Wilson, GP and Addiction Expert, explains the power of nicotine addiction, the barriers to successfully quitting smoking, and why it’s so important to start a quit chat with your doctor.
Your journey to being smoke-free starts with a quit chat.
Find out more, here.