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Updated: Oct 19, 2023

October is just around the corner. Is it time to quit smoking?

It’s pretty hard to ignore the risks of smoking & its links to lung cancer, heart disease, COPD and other respiratory illnesses. Also thought to be a risk factor in the cause of cot death and childhood asthma.

But, what if you are already hooked? Not only on the harmful chemicals in cigarettes including Nicotine a stimulant which can provide temporary relief from feelings of anxiety and depression, but which is also said to be as addictive as heroin & cocaine, but also on the habits and associations formed as a smoker.

Breaking that habit and that addiction can be difficult. The British Heart foundation has put together 10 steps to giving up smoking and one of the first things is to think about your reasons for quitting, whether it be for health, money, your children or your appearance perhaps.

Take heart. Many of us go through many failed attempts before quitting for good. Research shows that if you can stop for 28 days you are 5 times more likely to stop for good.

If you are a smoker and want to quit whatever the reason and even if you have tried before you can find information and support here.

Talk to a People at Work first responder and find out how we can be part of your wellbeing support. 020 3286 1545

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