Do you know all the benefits of quitting smoking?

There are lots of reasons and benefits to stopping smoking. Take the quiz below and see how much you know about stopping smoking, the benefits, the support and tools available to help you to quit.

A specialist telephone support programme is available in London to help you on your quit journey.

You can call the Stop Smoking London helpline on 0300 123 1044 to find out more. If you’re interested and live in London, you may be entitled to be called back by a specialist advisor offering you regular one-to-one stop smoking support and encouragement over the phone.

When you sign up to this specialist telephone support, the specialist adviser will call you back at regular and agreed intervals during your 28 day quit journey. These calls will be arranged for a time that suits you best.

Smoking & your mental health

If I stop smoking I will feel more stressed.


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Many people believe that smoking helps to reduce stress. In reality, what smoking does is it relieves nicotine withdrawal symptoms like irritability, low mood, cravings – and this tricks your mind into thinking it helps with stress.
In fact it is proven that people who stop smoking have less anxiety, depression and stress, than those who continue to smoke and in addition their mood improves!
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Many people believe that smoking helps to reduce stress. In reality, what smoking does is it relieves nicotine withdrawal symptoms like irritability, low mood, cravings – and this tricks your mind into thinking it helps with stress.
In fact it is proven that people who stop smoking have less anxiety, depression and stress, than those who continue to smoke and in addition their mood improves!

Smoking & your appearance

You will look better after you stop smoking.


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After you’ve quit smoking for good, you’ll start to notice a change in the way you look. You’ll get more oxygen and nutrients into your skin, giving you a brighter complexion. Your teeth will look better; your clothes won’t smell and all of this will make you more attractive to partners.
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After you’ve quit smoking for good, you’ll start to notice a change in the way you look. You’ll get more oxygen and nutrients into your skin, giving you a brighter complexion. Your teeth will look better; your clothes won’t smell and all of this will make you more attractive to partners.

Quitting smoking vs cutting down

If I cut down on the number of cigarettes I smoke a day it will have a health benefit.


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Your brain and body are use to regular doses of nicotine. When you cut down the number of cigarettes that you smoke, your brain and body still ‘demand’ these regular doses. So what tends to happen, without you realising it, is that you will get similar doses of nicotine from fewer cigarettes by smoking these cigarettes more ‘efficiently’ (taking more puffs, inhaling deeper and longer, smoking more of the cigarette). Similar doses of nicotine equals similar doses of tar and carbon monoxide which means little or no benefit from cutting down on your smoking.
The only way to reduce the risk of health problems from smoking is to make quitting completely your goal.
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Your brain and body are use to regular doses of nicotine. When you cut down the number of cigarettes that you smoke, your brain and body still ‘demand’ these regular doses. So what tends to happen, without you realising it, is that you will get similar doses of nicotine from fewer cigarettes by smoking these cigarettes more ‘efficiently’ (taking more puffs, inhaling deeper and longer, smoking more of the cigarette). Similar doses of nicotine equals similar doses of tar and carbon monoxide which means little or no benefit from cutting down on your smoking.
The only way to reduce the risk of health problems from smoking is to make quitting completely your goal.

Smoking & your breathing

It takes at least a month after quitting smoking before you will see any improvement in your breathing and fitness.


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When you’ve given up cigarettes for 48 hours, any remaining carbon monoxide from cigarettes will be cleared from your body. Within 72 hours your breathing will improve and you’ll start to feel more energetic. With better circulation throughout your body, you’ll find things like climbing stairs, physical activity and exercise a lot easier. Three to 9 months after quitting you can expect a 10% improvement in your overall lung function and breathing.
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When you’ve given up cigarettes for 48 hours, any remaining carbon monoxide from cigarettes will be cleared from your body. Within 72 hours your breathing will improve and you’ll start to feel more energetic. With better circulation throughout your body, you’ll find things like climbing stairs, physical activity and exercise a lot easier. Three to 9 months after quitting you can expect a 10% improvement in your overall lung function and breathing.

Smoking & e-cigarettes

Using e-cigarettes is just as dangerous as smoking cigarettes.


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Using an e-cigarette is not completely without risk. But we do know that e-cigarettes are much less harmful than if you were to continue to smoke.
Major health authorities such as Public Health England, the Royal College of Physicians, the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training, the Royal College of General Practitioners and charities including Cancer Research UK all support the use of e-cigarettes in adults as a convenient way to cut down on the number of cigarettes they smoke, or to quit smoking altogether.
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Using an e-cigarette is not completely without risk. But we do know that e-cigarettes are much less harmful than if you were to continue to smoke.
Major health authorities such as Public Health England, the Royal College of Physicians, the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training, the Royal College of General Practitioners and charities including Cancer Research UK all support the use of e-cigarettes in adults as a convenient way to cut down on the number of cigarettes they smoke, or to quit smoking altogether.

Smoking & sex

Smoking does not have any impact on my sex life.


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When you quit smoking your circulation improves and your heart can work more efficiently, so you’ll find that blood flow and sensitivity improves too. This can give men better erections and help women have better orgasms.
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When you quit smoking your circulation improves and your heart can work more efficiently, so you’ll find that blood flow and sensitivity improves too. This can give men better erections and help women have better orgasms.

Smoking & your family

If I smoke around a pregnant friend or family member, it is just as damaging to the baby in their womb as if they were smoking.


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Being exposed to other people’s tobacco smoke (second-hand smoke) carries the same risks to a baby in the womb as mum smoking. That is why a 100% smoke free environment is recommended for all women during pregnancy.
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Being exposed to other people’s tobacco smoke (second-hand smoke) carries the same risks to a baby in the womb as mum smoking. That is why a 100% smoke free environment is recommended for all women during pregnancy.

Smoking & e-cigarettes

Over 1.5 million people who currently vape (use e-cigarettes) in the UK have now given up smoking completely.


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Almost 3 million people use e-cigarettes in the UK – over half of those have now given up smoking completely.
Using an e-cigarette is not completely without risk. But we do know that e-cigarettes are much less harmful than if you were to continue to smoke.
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Almost 3 million people use e-cigarettes in the UK – over half of those have now given up smoking completely.
Using an e-cigarette is not completely without risk. But we do know that e-cigarettes are much less harmful than if you were to continue to smoke.

Smoking & fertility

Quitting smoking won’t improve your chance of becoming pregnant.


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Smoking reduces fertility in both women and men and can increase the length of time it takes to get pregnant. Smoking can also reduce the success of fertility treatment.
We know that men who smoke have a lower sperm count than non-smokers, poorer quality sperm and increased impotence. When women stop smoking they have an improved womb lining, making it easier to get pregnant.
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Smoking reduces fertility in both women and men and can increase the length of time it takes to get pregnant. Smoking can also reduce the success of fertility treatment.
We know that men who smoke have a lower sperm count than non-smokers, poorer quality sperm and increased impotence. When women stop smoking they have an improved womb lining, making it easier to get pregnant.

Smoking & quitting

It is easier to stop smoking with support rather than trying to do this on your own.


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You are more likely to quit smoking by mixing and matching personal support like motivational support from a health advisor with NRT or a prescribed medication and e-cigarettes.
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You are more likely to quit smoking by mixing and matching personal support like motivational support from a health advisor with NRT or a prescribed medication and e-cigarettes.

Spend your money on something for you!

Stopping smoking won’t just make you feel better; the money you save can be spent on you! Treat yourself to new clothes or dinner at a great restaurant, a holiday, or a family day out. How much extra money will you have when you quit smoking?

In one week you could save

£38

That's new makeup or skincare product

or

For you gamers the latest game

In one month you could save

£154

That’s a fantastic dinner for two

or

New workout clothes

In six months you could save

£924

That's a week in the sun

or

A shopping spree

In one year you could save

£1,848

Treat yourself to that designer watch or jewellery

or

Start saving for something really special

In one week you could save

£70

That's a pair of designer shoes

or

A relaxing spa treatment

In one month you could save

£300

That’s a weekend in Europe, incl. flights

or

A new piece of tech

In six months you could save

£1,800

That’s a luxury holiday

or

A new luxury bed

In one year you could save

£3,650

That’s the deposit for a new car

or

A brand new kitchen

In one week you could save

£105

That’s your weekly food shop

or

An exciting experience day

In one month you could save

£450

That’s a night away in a luxury hotel

or

A new holiday wardrobe

In six months you could save

£2,700

That’s a trip to Orlando for a family of 4

or

Fly to NYC and spend a few days in the Big Apple

In one year you could save

£5,475

That’s an all-inclusive, month-long Caribbean cruise

or

A new and approved car

There are many ways to stop smoking, find the one that works for you

You are more likely to quit smoking by mixing and matching personal support like motivational support from a health advisor with NRT or a prescription medication and e-cigarettes.

What would work best for you?

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