Northampton health leaders are urging smokers to take the first step in quitting smoking for good during Stoptober, which takes place every October.
Each year thousands join in the campaign to quit smoking for 28 days which aims to encourage smokers to give up for good, with people five times more likely to quit for good if they can make it to 28 smoke free days.
Smoking is the primary cause of preventable illness and premature death, accounting for an estimated 100,000 deaths a year in the United Kingdom.
The first day without cigarettes is often the hardest, but support is offered through a smoke free tool, which millions have used to help them stop smoking. Those who sign up can choose from an app, Quit Now Kit, email, SMS and face-to-face guidance to support them through their smoke free journey.
To sign up for the free NHS quit now tool visit http://www.nhs.uk/smokefree
For information on local help to stop smoking in Northampton visit: http://www3.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/health/local-health-services/Pages/stop-smoking-support.aspx
There are a range of flexible support options to suit everyone including clinics, telephone support, drop-in sessions and one-to-one support.
Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do to improve your physical and mental health. Stoptober is the perfect time to stop and you will get support along the way through the Quit Now Tool. After 24 hours of stopping, lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris and after three to nine months, coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%. The long-term benefits include reduced heart and lung disease.
There is a belief from many smokers that smoking reduces anxiety and stress, which is in turn causing many smokers to put off quitting. The reality is that instead of helping people to relax, smoking increases anxiety and tension. When smokers light up a cigarette, the feeling of reduced stress or relaxation is temporary and is soon replaced by withdrawal symptoms and cravings.