When we breathe in tobacco smoke we inhale a number of chemicals that can cause serious harm to our health. Carbon monoxide, tar, nicotine and other toxins cause damage to the heart, lungs and can reduce life expectancy by 10 years.

The good news is if you choose to stop smoking, there are a number of health benefits to be gained within the first few hours of being ‘smoke free’, such as…

  • after 20 minutes your blood pressure and pulse return to normal
  • after 24 hours carbon monoxide will be eliminated from your body and your lungs will start to clear out the tar
  • after 2-12 weeks your circulation improves and exercise can be easier

The financial benefits of stopping soon add up too…

  • after 1 day save £7
  • after 1 week save £49
  • after 3 months save £630

(figures based on a 20 a day smoker paying £7 per packet)

Smoking in pregnancy

It is important to be aware of the dangers associated with smoking in pregnancy. Your doctor or midwife can support you to have a healthy pregnancy and improve your chances of giving birth to a healthy baby. Consider how you / your baby’s health can be negatively affected by other smokers, for example, a partner, family and friends.