Stopping smoking

Facts about smoking

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Smoking is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK

Smoking increases your chance of developing lots of serious health conditions.

You can become ill if you smoke yourself, or if people around you smoke, this is called passive smoking.

Why is smoking bad for your health?

All cigarettes contain Nicotine and Tar. Tar is very bad for you, it can clog up your lungs making it difficult for you to breathe.

Smoking damages your lungs. It can cause lung cancer or conditions such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and make conditions such as asthma and respiratory tract infections worse.

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What are the benefits of stopping smoking

  • From the day you stop, you will notice the benefits to your health
  • You will be healthier
  • You will breathe more easily
  • You will have more energy
  • You will have better blood circulation to your heart and muscles, so being active is easier
  • Your lungs will work better, improving any cough, wheezing, or breathing problems.
What support is available to help you stop smoking?

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There is a lot of support available to help you to stop smoking, including advice and aids to help you to stop. Your GP, or pharmacist can refer you to your local stop smoking service or you can call your local stop smoking service to make an appointment.


Call the free Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044

Quit smoking – Better Health – NHS

Local to Bradford area

Support to Quit – Living Well ( Phone: 01274 437 700

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