Smoking is the single biggest preventable cause of death. Half of all regular smokers will die of a smoking-related illness.

One of the best reasons to quit is the benefit to your own health and wellbeing.

Smoking increases your risk of:

  • stroke
  • heart disease
  • developing respiratory problems (including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema)

It can also contribute to several types of cancer (not just lung cancer) and a certain type of leukaemia.

Smoking whilst pregnant can cause:

  • ectopic pregnancy
  • miscarriage
  • premature birth
  • low birth weight
  • cot death
  • stillbirth
  • attention deficit disorder
  • many other illnesses and diseases

Smoking can also damage the health of your family, friends and pets 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?

Your local smoking support services are organised by North Somerset Council

Alternatively, most GP surgeries and pharmacies offer support to stop. Simply ask who can direct you to a specially trained adviser to help you quit.

You’ll also find help online at NHS Smokefree, where you can find local support, order a free Quit Kit and information leaflets, and download their smartphone app

The NHS Choices Stop Smoking page has more information on smoking and related illness, including the dangers of smoking when pregnant. It also has self-help tips on how to give up.