Reasons to quit

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Everyone has their own reason for wanting to quit, here are some of the most common ones. 

  • To improve your health and reduce risk of life threatening diseases.
  • To enjoy a better quality of life, to be fitter and healthier.
  • To be a better role model for your family and friends
  • To have more money in your pocket. Find out what you could save if you quit using our Savings Calculator
  • To regain control over your life – smoking won’t dictate your daily routine.
  • To improve your image, have better skin, teeth, hair and nicer smelling clothes.
  • To reduce the work you have to do to keep your home and car clean.
  • To improve the quality of the air in your home for your family and friends.
  • To improve your self-esteem and to be better able to deal with the daily stresses of life.

Smoking Facts

  • 1 in every 2 smokers will die of a tobacco related disease
  • Most smokers (83%) regret that they ever started smoking and would not smoke if they had the choice again.
  • Smoking takes 10 to 15 quality years off your life.
  • Every 6.5 seconds someone in the world dies from tobacco use = 1.5 million people dying needlessly each year.
  • Every cigarette a person smokes reduces his/her life by five and a half minutes.
  • In Ireland, smoking is the leading cause of avoidable death. Nearly 5,500 people die in Ireland each year from the effects of smoking and thousands of others are ill because of smoking-related diseases.

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Health Benefits

The health benefits start right away when you quit smoking:

  • Within 20 minutes your circulation will improve, your heart rate and blood pressure will get lower. This reduces your risk of heart attack straight away.
  • Within 8 hours the carbon monoxide level in your blood will drop and the oxygen level will go up.
  • Within 24-48 hours all the carbon monoxide will have left your body.
  • Within a few days your sense of smell and taste will start to improve.  
  • After 72 hours your breathing will improve and your energy levels will increase.
  • Within 2 or 3 months your lung capacity can increase by up to 30%.  
  • Within 1 year your chance of heart attack drops by half and within 10 years the risk drops to almost the same as a non-smoker.
  • Within 5 years the risk of smoking related cancers will be greatly reduced.
  • Once you give up, your lungs start to fight back by coughing up tar. A mug full of tar builds up in the lungs of a 20 a day smoker over the period of a year. It is the toxic chemicals in tar that cause cancer.