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Smoking

Quitting smoking can have a dramatic impact on your health and your finances. Some of the benefits are immediate and some are more long term. 

 

Quitting Smoking timeline

20 mins - Blood pressure and heart rate return to normal

By 12 hours - Carbon Monoxide levels return to normal

By 48 hours - Lungs start to clear out tar and mucus caused by smoking

After 48 hours - no nicotine is left in the body and ability to smell and taste is improved

After 72 hours - you will notice an increase in energy levels and physical activity will become easier.

 

Top Tips for quitting

Make a plan – Set a date for when you are going to give up and stick to it. Telling friends and family members can help you keep to the plan.

Prepare well – Get rid of any cigarettes, lighters and matches. Avoiding places and situations where you usually smoke is also a good idea.

Develop some distraction strategies – each person is different and will find their own way of taking their mind off the cravings, but here are some distractions people find useful.

-          Take up a new hobby e.g. play a sport, take up baking, learn to paint etc.

-          Go for a walk

-          Have a chat with someone

Remember why you’re quitting – you could write a list of all the reasons why you are quitting to use as motivation. E.g. save money, improve health, feel good about myself etc.

 

Getting some support

You can also call the NHS Smokefree Helpline on 0300 123 1044 open Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm, and Saturday to Sunday 11am to 4pm.

Liverpool Stop Smoking Service (Fag ends) 0800 195 2131 - Email: stopsmoking2@roycastle.org

NHS Smokefree 

Quit.org