Your health & local services
One of the best reasons to quit is the benefit to your own health and wellbeing:
- smoking causes serious problems, many of them life-threatening
- smoking increases your risk of stroke and heart disease, and your chances of developing respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema
- smoking can contribute to several types of cancer (not just lung cancer) and a certain type of leukaemia
- smoking can also damage your ability to conceive, and hurt your unborn child
- smoking can damage the health of your family and friends through breathing second-hand smoke.
Avoiding long-term illness is a great incentive to quit, but there are everyday benefits too.
After quitting you will:
- have more energy
- be better at fighting off colds and flus
- be free from cravings and mood swings
- look and feel younger.
You'll also notice the benefits in your purse, saving thousands of pounds a year if you're a regular smoker.
Where can I find help to quit?
For free support, encouragement and a tailored quit plan, drop in or make an appointment with a Smokefree South Gloucestershire adviser.
Find your local community session, where you can turn up for a 'drop-in' meeting.
At NHS Smokefree online you can:
- order a free quit kit and information leaflets
- download NHS Smokefree smartphone app
- find local support.
At NHS Choices you can:
- read more about smoking and related illness, including the dangers of smoking when pregnant
- get self-help tips on how to give up.