Smokers in County Durham and Darlington are being encouraged to
put smoking behind them this New Year for better health, more money
and less stress.
People who smoke are being encouraged to "make a fresh quit" and
FreshQuit.co.uk for tips, advice and local quit support.
There are lots of reasons to make a quit attempt and start 2024
● Quitting smoking makes
it less likely your children will smoke. Evidence shows
teens are nearly three times more likely to smoke if their parents,
caregivers or friends do.
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is supporting
the New Year Smoking Survivors campaign from Fresh, North East
local authorities and the NHS North East and North Cumbria
Integrated Care Board.
It launches across the North East and North Cumbria from
December 28 featuring the powerful films of cancer survivors Sue
Ailsa Rutter OBE, Director of Fresh and Balance, said:
"None of us want our children to start on an addiction which kills
2 in 3 smokers and costs tens of thousands of pounds over a
"Stopping for your family is an important reason - be around
longer for them and reduce the risks of them ever taking up
"Even if you have tried to quit before, give
it another go and make a fresh quit - this time it can be
It can take a number of attempts
to successfully stop for good - but there are lots of ways to stop
which can take a lot of the stress out of quitting.
Your chances improve if you use a quitting aid or switch
completely to vaping to reduce cravings. Stop Smoking Services can
also help you develop a plan to help you stop for
Here's how your body recovers when you quit
After 20 minutes
Your pulse rate starts to return to normal.
After 8 hours
Your oxygen levels are recovering, and the level of harmful
carbon monoxide in your blood will have reduced by half.
After 48 hours
All carbon monoxide is flushed out. Your lungs are clearing out
mucus and your senses of taste and smell are improving.
After 72 hours
If you notice that breathing feels easier, it's because your
bronchial tubes have started to relax. Also your energy will be
After 2-12 weeks
Blood will be pumping through to your heart and muscles much
better because your circulation will have improved.
After 6 weeks
Smokers who stop have better mental health than those who
continue to smoke. One study found that benefits could be seen as
soon as six weeks and were maintained even a number of years after
After 3-9 months
Any coughs, wheezing or breathing problems will be improving as
your lung function increases.
After 1 year
Great news! Your risk of heart attack will have halved compared
with a smoker's.
After 10 years
Your risk of death from lung cancer will have halved compared
with a smoker's.
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital