You CAN stop smoking, it’s never too late to stop
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Smokers know the facts. They know that every time they light up they are increasing their risk of developing diseases like heart disease and cancer.
But perhaps they're not aware that it's never too late to stop.
No matter what age you stop smoking, it will not only benefit your health and the health of those around you - but your wallet too.
Take the free One You health quiz to get personalised tips on how to fight back to a healthier you. Search One You online.
No-one promises stopping will be easy, however there is lots of free support. Many smokers worry about smoking withdrawal symptoms, but if you link up with one of Norfolk's smoke free services then you are four times more likely to be successful with your quit.
These specialist teams can help you curb your cravings and increase your chances of quitting with expert advice and support.
Find stop smoking services in Great Yarmouth with the East Coast Community Services. Contact by calling 0800 652 3477.
For the rest of Norfolk call Smokefree Norfolk at 0800 0854 113.
There are lots of Smokefree clinics across the county, within GP surgeries and other locations. Visit www.smokefreenorfolk.nhs.uk/find-a-clinic
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There are also 135 pharmacies across Norfolk providing free stop smoking advice, so there will probably be one near you.
For smokers who still need convincing of the benefits of stopping – did you know that more than 80pc of smoke is invisible and odourless? That 80 per cent is still harmful to you and those around you.
Smokers know it's not just a smoker's cough and that a persistent cough is telling them something is wrong. But no matter how old you are, quitting can make a positive difference to your health.
If you're not ready to stop, small changes such as taking seven steps out of your home before smoking can help protect the rest of your family. Visit www.take7stepsout.co.uk for tips on minimising the risks of your smoking to others.
Some smokers choose to use e-cigarettes to help them stop smoking. Currently experts say e-cigarettes are 95pc less harmful to your health than normal cigarettes.
Get help at www.smokefreenorfolk.nhs.uk and www.nhs.uk/smokefreeWant to know more about how healthy you are? If you are in the 40-74 year age group you may be eligible for a free NHS Health Check. These checks take place in your GP surgery, pharmacy or sometimes workplace and help you reduce your risk of developing some health problems in the future.