How to stop smoking

Why should I quit smoking?

By quitting, you’ll live longer, feel better and have more money to spend on the things you like doing.

You’ll also protect people around you who used to breathe in your smoke.

  • If you already have a lung condition, quitting smoking is the best step you can take for your health and quality of life. Quitting will help you cope with your symptoms and stop your condition getting worse.
  • It’s never too late to stop, no matter how long you have smoked for. Your lungs will work better, even if you quit when you’re over 65. If you stop smoking when you’re 30, you’re likely to live 10 years longer.
  • Your friends and family will be healthier too. People who breathe in second-hand smoke are at risk of the same diseases as smokers. Second-hand smoke is particularly dangerous to babies and children as they breathe more rapidly and their lungs are not yet fully formed.

You could save £3000+ a year when you quit smoking

If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day, quitting could save you more than £275 every month - that's over £3,000 a year!

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Last medically reviewed: February 2016. Due for review: February 2019

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.