You made it! A whole month smoke-free and still going from strength to strength. It’s time to give yourself a well-earned pat on the back, and not only look back at all of the hard work you have put in, but to look to the future and all of the benefits to continuing your life smoke-free.
Starting now, your lungs begin to repair and with this comes a reduction in risk of infection and a dramatic decrease in coughing and shortness of breath – this will only get easier as the months go by. By the time you have been smoke-free for a year, your risk of heart disease will be 50% less and in five years time, your chance of stroke could be as low as someone who has never smoked.
Looking ahead to 10 years smoke-free, your risk of dying from lung cancer will be half of that of a smoker; your risk of having cancer of the mouth, throat, oesophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas also decreases.
Can you see what an amazing gift you have given yourself by joining Stoptober, and the thousands of people stopping smoking with Stop4Life and Puffell? You have to keep going and building on the fantastic success you have already enjoyed.
With things getting a bit easier, you may find that smoking is no longer the first thing on your mind when you wake, or it may be that when you feel the urge to smoke, it seems to pass a lot quicker than this time last week. These are signs that the addiction to nicotine is starting to die down and you are well on your way to a smoke-free future.
The 28-day challenge may be over, but you are not alone on your journey to becoming smoke-free. If you have any questions, speak to your stop smoking adviser. It’s proven that you are more successful in achieving outcomes when you share the experience; visit puffell.com and share your experiences, connect with others, and for advice and support throughout your journey.
Sue Pretty, Stop Smoking Adviser, Stop4Life (0800 612 4580 / firstname.lastname@example.org)