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As it is National Heart Month, it’s worth bearing in mind that one way to look after your heart is to stop smoking cigarettes. You can do this whatever month of the year.
As it is National Heart Month, it’s worth bearing in mind that one way to look after your heart is to stop smoking cigarettes. And you can do this whatever month of the year.
Smoking is one of the major risk factors that cause coronary heart disease (CHD). Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide and, together with the nicotine being breathed, they both put a strain on the heart by making it work faster. Not only that, they increase the risk of developing blood clots.
Other chemicals in cigarette smoke damage the lining of your coronary arteries, which leads to them furring up. If you smoke, you increase your risk of developing heart disease by 24% (NHS Choices, 2010).
The good news is that SUPPORT – your local NHS Stop Smoking Service in Sefton – is here to help anyone wanting to quit cigarettes. The team has put on extra clinics to make it easier for people to get the free advice and support they need.
And, as it also Lent, why not think about giving up smoking for Easter?
When you decide to come along, here’s what you can expect:
- Free support, tips and advice
- Personal quit plan tailored to your needs
- Stop smoking treatments to tackle the cravings, and other medications
- Clinics at times, on days and in venues to suit you
- Previous clients are always welcome back, the team is here for however long your smokefree journey takes
And, remember, studies have shown that you are up to four times more likely to successfully stop smoking with the support of your local NHS Stop Smoking Service than by doing it alone.
Here’s what our clients who have stopped smoking with us have to say:
“Everyone has been so helpful. After 50 years, I really want to stop smoking and I know I can do it with their help.”
“The staff are understanding and easy to talk to.”
“Good advice, totally stopped smoking.”
To find out where your nearest stop smoking clinic is, contact Healthy Sefton on 0300 100 1000. Lines are open from 8am to 8pm every day, including Bank Holidays. Calls are charged at local call rates, or can be part of inclusive phone packages.
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