Jan-Feb 2018

Healthy Peterborough

Key times to quit smoking

Research shows that most smokers get motivated to quit very suddenly, spurred into action by a specific event, milestone or resolution.

Stop smoking in October

Why quit? Did you know that if you stop smoking for 28 days you're five times more likely to stop for good? Stoptober is the biggest stop smoking event of the year. Why not join all the people who have succeeded in becoming smokefree and join in this year's challenge.

New Year's stop smoking resolution

Why quit? Around seven million of us will make a New Year's resolution to improve an aspect of our health and stopping smoking is one of the most common ones. 

Stop smoking if you are pregnant

Why quit? If you are thinking about having a baby - or you're already pregnant - you have two big reasons to stop smoking. Both you and your baby will be healthier and you will be less likely to have problems during the birth.

Stop smoking on No Smoking Day

Why quit? Every year around a million smokers, especially women, use No Smoking Day to try to quit. The British Heart Foundation charity estimates that more than 1.5 million smokers have quit for good since its launch in 1983, that's more than 45,000 every year.

Quit when you want to get fit

Why quit? Maybe you've decided to start an exercise programme or take up a new sport, and you've noticed how smoking-related symptoms, like shortness of breath, affect you when you exercise.

Smoking can dramatically reduce your endurance meaning that your will take longer to recover after exercise. But as soon as you quit, you'll find that you feel fitter, less breathless and better able to play sports.

Quit when you become a grandparent

Why quit? You probably want to spend as much time with your new grandchild as possible, and if you smoke you could be harming the baby's health. Consider how your son or daughter may feel about you smoking around their baby.

Children who breathe in secondhand smoke are at more risk of serious conditions including allergies, asthma, chest infections and breathing problems.

Going into hospital 

Why quit? Because hospitals are in the business of making people well, many of them don't allow smoking on their grounds at all.

Seeing a stay in hospital as an opportunity to stop smoking for good is a far more positive step than going there feeling angry that you won't be able to smoke.

If you're having an operation, there's the added incentive that if you stop smoking before you go into hospital you'll recover more quickly and there will be less chance of complications.


Want to quit smoking?

Contact Peterborough Healthy Lifestyles service on freephone 0800 376 56 55.
Did you know that you're up to four times more likely to quit successfully with their expert help and advice? 



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  • Peterborough City Council
  • Peterborough Pharmacies
  • Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust