Getting older doesn’t have to mean being unhealthy. Most of the diseases associated with older age are preventable as they are related to lifestyle. Smoking related disease is not an inevitable result of ageing. Why not review your lifestyle and make choices to improve your health.
Just because you have smoked for 30, 40 or even 50 years it doesn’t mean that smoking has to be a lifelong habit. You may think that because you’ve smoked for so long there’s no point stopping now. But this is not so – there are immediate health benefits as soon as you stub out that last cigarette, even if you already have health problems.
Contrary to what you might think, older people have more success when they try to stop smoking. This is even more so for smokers who already suffer from smoking related problems such as chest pain, shortness of breath and coughing.
It’s never too late to stop smoking – contact Guernsey Quitline for additional information.
The first step in quitting is to identify your reasons for wanting to quit. Here are some benefits of stopping smoking –
You’ll reduce the risk of illness –
- As a non-smoker you can better combat colds, flu and infections.
- All the major causes of death are associated with smoking – cancer, heart disease and stroke. As soon as you stop smoking, the risks of these life-threatening diseases reduce.
Smoking contributes to many other problems thought to be ‘just part of getting older’. By stopping smoking you will reduce your risks of problems such as – osteoporosis, cataracts, gum disease, impotence, hearing and vision loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s.
You’ll live longer –
Your medications will work better and operations will have less complications –
- Many medications work better when you stop smoking. Chemicals in cigarette smoke increase the breakdown of some drugs in the liver. Stopping smoking will increase effectiveness of prescribed medications.
- If you stop before you have surgery you can reduce the high risk of complications that smoking can cause with anaesthesia. Improved blood flow and oxygen levels will help surgical wounds to heal better.
Clik the link to see our list of additional reasons to quit smoking – regardless of age: It is always a good idea to quit!
What do I do now?
Contact us on Telephone 233170 (this may be an answer phone but please leave a number we will get back to you as soon as possible), e-mail or turn up to one of the new client sessions (session times are displayed on the left, underneath the menu)