Every cigarette you smoke causes you harm, not to mention costs lots of money. Stopping smoking is essential for good health; smokers are far more likely to develop a wide range of different diseases, including cancer and lung disease. In the military, smokers tend to be less physically fit and are more likley to suffer from injuries and illness.
It‘s never too late to stop smoking and there is plenty of support which can help you succeed. The WeQuit website is full of information on how to stop smoking with an online forum of over 40,000 fellow quitters who can help you along your journey. The NHS also have a website to help you, you can view it here.
Benefits of stopping smoking
- Better finances: If you regularly smoke 20-a-day, you will save about £2,000 per year if you stop smoking, leaving you with more money to spend on other things you enjoy.
- More energy: you will have more energy as your circulation improves, which will make physical activity much easier.
- Improved military fitness, with fewer injuries and quicker healing.
- Longer life: quitting smoking reduces your risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and certain cancers, and will add years to your life.
- Younger looking skin: the appearance of your skin will improve.
- Better breathing: coughing, wheezing and breathing problems will improve. Chest infections and colds will become less frequent.
- Better smelling: the smell of stale tobacco will go from your breath, clothes and hair.
- Improved fertility
- Healthier loved ones: stopping smoking will protect the health of your non-smoking friends and family.