October – Stop Smoking

It is no secret that smoking is one of the main contributors to the deterioration of your health.

Give up and feel the benefits within hours!

It is never too late to quit smoking and benefits start immediately:

Within hours Breathing will get easier within 48 hours. Carbon monoxide levels will fall, and oxygen levels in your blood will increase making it easier to breathe)
Within days Sense of taste and smell will get better
1-2 months Lung function improves and symptoms like short-ness of breath, coughing, producing phlegm, and wheezing will fall
1 year People with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) will find breathing easier
5 years For women, your chances of getting cervical cancer drop to the same as someone who’s never smoked.
5-10 years Your chances of getting coronary heart disease (which causes heart attacks) are about the same as someone who’s never smoked.
10- 20 years Your chances of getting lung cancer fall to about two thirds of what they would have been if you’d carried on smoking. (British Medical Journal, 2014)

More £ in your pocket

Based on a pack of 20 cigarettes costing £7.47:

Cigarettes per day 5 10 20

(1 pack)


(2 packs)

50 60

(3 packs)

Month 1 £56.02 £112.05 £224.10 £448.20 £560.25 £627.30
Month 3 £168.06 £336.15 £672.30 £1,344.60 £1,680.75 £2,016.90
Month 6 £336.12 £672.30 £1,344.60 £2,689.20 £3,361.50 £4,033.80
1 Year £672.24 £1,344.60 £2,689.20 £5,378.40 £6,723.00 £8,067.60
After 1 year I could buy An iPad or iPhone A 40” TV and home cinema system Two months mortgage for a semi-detached house A fully fitted kitchen A family holiday for two weeks in Barbados A new car

Source: Lloyds Pharmacy

According to NHS the average saving per person is £3,000 per year, use the NHS cost calculator to find out how much you could save by quitting smoking.