Dr. M Chabok


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Monday – Friday 8.00 – 7:00 pm


If you smoke, giving up is probably the greatest single step you can take to improve your health. Stopping smoking can be followed by a rapid decline in the risk of CHD. Smoking’s impact on public health is huge. Smoking is responsible for one in every five deaths in adults aged over 35 in England, and half of all long-term smokers will die prematurely due to a smoking-related disease.

Smoking and Stroke

In asymptomatic people, up to 10 years are needed to reach the risk level of those people who have never smoked. Smoking doubles your risk of having a stroke.This is because it narrows your arteries and makes your blood more likely to clot. Approximately 100,000 people die from smoking- related diseases in the UK every year. Tobacco accounts for approximately 29% of deaths from cancer, 13% of cardiovascular deaths and 30% of deaths from respiratory disease. Tobacco smoke contains nicotine, which is highly addictive. As well as nicotine, each cigarette contains more than 4,000 different chemicals, many of which are toxic (harmful to the body). More than 60 of them cause cancer (are carcinogenic). Some of the most harmful conditions that smoking can cause are: 1. Premature death 2. Cancer 3. Respiratory diseases 4. Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases 5. Osteoporosis, stomach ulcers and infertility

Risks to others

When you smoke, it is not just your health that is at risk, but the health of anyone who breathes in cigarette smoke (including those around you). The smoker only inhales about 15% of the smoke from a cigarette. The other 85% is absorbed into the atmosphere or inhaled by other people who are passive smokers. “Stopping smoking can be followed by a rapid decline in the risk of CHD.” Around 65% of smokers say they want to stop smoking, but most believe they are unable to. However, around half of all smokers eventually manage to give up. When you stop smoking, the benefits to your health begin straight away. It is generally a good idea to fix a quit date, rather than gradually reduce your smoking. Tell people around you that you are going to stop, and try to get others at home or work to stop with you. This support network makes it easier when temptation arises!

Be prepared to fail and try again

Be prepared to fail and try again Please don’t despair if you fail on your first attempt! You won’t be the first or last smoker that this has happened to. Regroup, work out what went wrong – was it peer pressure, alcohol, stress, etc? Don’t be ashamed and it is very important at this stage to maintain your nicotine replacement therapy, family and group support. Try Again! The NHS Smoking Helpline can offer advice and encouragement to help you quit smoking. You can call on 0800 022 4332, or visit NHS Smokefree.