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Today is No Smoking Day

In Swindon, around 12% of adults over the age of 18 smoke and over 280 people die each year from smoking related diseases.

Today, we want  to remind people that stopping smoking is the single most important thing you can do for your health and to dramatically increase your chances of living longer. 

You don't have to wait long for the benefits to start once you stop.

  • In 20 minutes your blood pressure and pulse return to normal
  • In 8 hours nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in your blood are halved
  • In 24 hours carbon monoxide will be eliminated from your body and your lungs will have started to clear out the tar that's been clogging them up
  • In 48 hours no nicotine will be left in your body.  Your senses of taste and smell are greatly improved
  • In 72 hours your breathing becomes easier and your energy levels increase
  • Between 2-12 weeks your circulation improves and exercise can be easier
  • Between 3-9 months any coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve
  • If you smoke 20 a day you could save up to £210 in a month, which adds up to more than £2,500 in a year

Dr Ruth Sharrock is a lung specialist who sees the heartbreak of smoking in her surgery every day. Listen to her story:

Where to get support

Many people try to quit smoking with willpower alone, but it's much easier to go smoke-free with the right help.

Please visit Quit smoking - Better Heath - NHS ( or to access local support, contact the Swindon Stop Smoking Service by emailing or phone 01793 465512.

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