Smoking is a major cause of death in Ireland. 1 in every 2 smoker’s die of a tobacco related illness. Smoking is especially bad for your heart health. If you are a smoker, the best first step towards better heart health is to find a way to stop.
The good news is that it is never too late to stop, with improvements to your general health starting just 20 minutes later when your blood pressure and pulse begin to return to normal. Within hours your oxygen levels will increase. Within days you reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. After 5 years your risk of having a heart attack falls to about half that of a non-smoker and after 10 years your risk of a heart attack is the same as someone who has never smoked.
There are many options and supports available once you make the choice to quit:
1. Your local HSE promotion team hold sessions organised by a smoking cessation expert.
2. Call the national Smokers Quit line 1850 201 203 or log onto www.quit.ie
3. Your GP can help and support you and also prescribe medication to help you through.
4. Your pharmacist can also assist in offering you advice on nicotine replacement therapies, which come in many forms.
5. Alternative therapies
6. Will power: You can go it alone
There are many smartphone app’s available on the google play store and on the iTunes app.