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So, let us start by saying "Well done" for taking the first step towards changing your smoking habit, whether it be cutting down or stopping completely. You might even have already stopped and just need that little bit of extra support to stay stopped!
Why not even get yourself ready and prepared to set your quit day?Roy Castle FagEnds is a free, confidential NHS funded service which offers locally-based friendly support and practical advice to any smoker who wants to quit.
Quitting smoking will do wonders for your health and wellbeing (and also your pocket!).
Your body will begin to repair itself as soon as you stop smoking – and you’ll go on feeling the benefits for the rest of your life.
20 minutes after stopping, your blood pressure and pulse rate will return to normal. Circulation improves in hands and feet, making them warmer.
8 hours after stopping, nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood will be cut by half and oxygen levels will return to normal. Chances of heart attack start to fall.
24 hours after stopping, the level of carbon monoxide in your body will be that of a non-smoker and your lungs will start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.
48 hours after stopping, your body is becoming free of nicotine and your sense of taste and smell is improving.
72 hours after stopping, you should be breathing more easily. Airway passages in the lungs begin to relax. Energy levels increase.
2-12 weeks after stopping, your circulation is improving, making walking easier3-9 months after stopping, your lung function has increased by up to 10%. That means less coughing and wheezing and fewer breathing problems.
5 years after stopping, your risk of having a heart attack is halved.
10 years after stopping, your risk of contracting lung cancer is halved and your risk of having a heart attack is the same as if you’d never smoked.
FagEnds has a specialist midwife who is able to offer 1-1 support for pregnant women and their families. The specialist midwife can visit you in your home or you can pop along to Liverpool Women’s Hospital on a Wednesday morning or the Yew Tree Children’s Centre on a Thursday morning.
The following Stop Smoking Services offer a variety of ways to help support you in your efforts to quit smoking. These may include drop in support groups, one-to-one support, telephone support or online support.
Jane’s story of how FagEnds helped her quit smoking
Ian quit smoking four years ago and is now a FagEnds stop smoking advisor