Stopping smoking can make a big difference to your health. Please make an appointment with the practice nurse if you would like to stop, but find it difficult. Our practice nurses are very experienced at supporting patients in stopping smoking.
Why is smoking so bad?
Smoking is the greatest single cause of illness and premature death in the UK.
Over 100.000 people die of smoking related causes every year in the UK. Most of these deaths are due to heart disease, lung cancer and chronic obstructive airways disease (COPD, chronic bronchitis, emphysema).
About half of all smokers die from a smoking related illness. On average their life expectancy is reduced by 8-12 years compared with non-smokers.
Not all smoking related illnesses result in ‘quick deaths’, some of them e.g. COPD result in years to decades of severe disabling symptoms like breathlessness.
The health benefits of quitting start almost straight away. The earlier in life you stop the bigger are the benefits, however it is never to late to stop. Even with established heart or lung disease people will benefit from stopping.
The following websites can give you information and support: