The Stop Smoking Website from The NHS – Support and Advice for Those Wanting to Stop Smoking

NHS Choices’ stop smoking website includes articles, videos, tools, advice and helpful hints and tips on stopping smoking. This includes information on the financial impact and negative health effects of smoking cigarettes. The NHS understands it can be difficult and so offers these resources to help smokers break their addiction and quit smoking.

London, England, UK – September 1, 2009 (PressReleasePivot) — Smoking cigarettes is a financial burden and has a huge, negative impact on the health of the smoker. It also causes problems for those around them through the effects of secondhand smoke. NHS Choices’ Stop Smoking website offers educational materials and support for those wishing to break their habit, quit smoking and stay smoke free. Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but the drastic improvements to life and health are really motivating.

“A study of 43,000 Norwegian smokers published in 2005 suggested that those who smoked up to five cigarettes a day were three times more likely to die of heart disease,” says GP Dr Michael Apple. “Smoking just one cigarette a day trebles your risk of lung cancer and raises the risk of chronic lung disease, as well as cancer of the mouth, throat, bladder, pancreas and many more. It also makes it more difficult to conceive, lowers sperm count and causes more complications in pregnancy. Study after study shows that the risks increase the more you smoke, but all risks start with just one cigarette.”

NHS Choices offers its website on stopping smoking ( http://www.nhs.uk/stopsmoking/ ) to help, inform and educate on the risks and effects of smoking, and their Stop smoking package aims to help people to quit smoking and remain smoke free. People looking to stop smoking can download the Stop Smoking Widget, which is a desktop application offering a 30 day course of daily messages, information and tips straight to their computer. They can also access tools such as the Smoking Calculator that allows them to figure out the financial and health costs of their habit. Find out more and share the experiences of others by watching this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80jbg3zcovE

“It’s never too late to stop. Stopping smoking at any age will increase life expectancy, provided that a serious disease has not already developed,” according to an NHS Choices spokesperson. “Smoking is unattractive and dangerous and the costs are high and increasing year on year. Stopping smoking and going smoke-free will have people feeling great and give them extra money in their pockets. It may be tough, but they are not alone; the NHS is here to help them along, every step of the way.”

About NHS Choices:
NHS Choices ( http://www.nhs.uk/ ) is the digital information service of the NHS – an NHS accredited website that gives ordinary people the tools to make better, more informed choices about their treatments, health and wellbeing. It includes more than 80,000 pages of content, including video, interactive tools, daily news service and lifestyle features. Users can also check and compare hospital and doctors’ profiles and performance on-line.

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