National No Smoking Day 12/3/14

No Smoking Day is an annual campaign led by the British Heart Foundation to help smokers quit. This years campaign is ‘V for Victory – in the battle against cigarettes we can help you win!’

Everybody has their own personal reason for wanting to give up smoking. Some people give up as part of a larger lifestyle change – to be healthier, to get fit, or to save money.

For some, it’s more about how their smoking affects the people around them – their family, friends, and little ones.

Whatever your reason, thinking carefully about your motivation and keeping a reminder in key places can be really helpful for keeping you going through the tough times

For more information or for help to quit please visit

The help included is a free quit kit, face to face support, free mobile app, free email support and free text support.

Why quit?

Health improvements after…

20 minutes

Your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal

8 hours

Nicotine and carbon monoxide start to leave your body and oxygen levels return to normal.

24 hours

Your lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.

48 hours

Nicotine has been eliminated from your body and your sense of smell and taste both improve.

2 – 12 weeks

Exercise becomes easier and your breathing improves.

3 – 9 months

Any coughs, wheezing and breathing problems are reduced as your lungs repair.

1 year

Your risk of coronary heart disease is now half that of a smoker.

Financial Benefits

Currently a packet of 20 cigarettes costs around £8, so quitting will give a 20-a-day smoker an extra £56 a week. The benefits of stopping smoking soon start to add up. For a 20-a-day smoker, in

  • 1 day: you’ll have enough money to rent a movie or buy a few magazines.
  • 1 week: you could have enough money for a new pair of shoes, or a facial, a (really) cheap flight, a DVD boxset, a paintballing day, or a day at the races.
  • 1 month: you could save enough for a shopping spree or premiership football tickets, or even a day rally driving.
  • 3 months: you could afford two weeks in the sun, a new laptop, or the latest flat screen TV.
  • 6 months: you’ll have saved enough for a football season ticket, a family holiday, your own home cinema, or a top of the range bicycle
  • 1 year: you’ll be able to afford a new kitchen, flash designer jewellery, a car or a luxury leather sofa suite!
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