SmokeDrive - How Can You Stop Smoking?


We all know smoking is bad for you so why do we do it? Often it’s two things: habit and addiction. It’s mental and physical.

Habit is a the first part in that we start smoking at a young age, having one for breakfast, then with colleagues outside, then one with lunch, then out with colleagues and then a couple in the bar with friends or at home. To break the habit you must want to do it. See our ChangeDrive which shows you how to break an old habit and create a new one.

Secondly is the nicotine addiction. Your body will crave for nicotine therefore you need support and substitute to wean yourself off the nicotine.

That’s it. Simple – or is it? We all know what happens to our new year’s resolutions; easy to say, hard to maintain.

Let’s stop for a moment and look at some hard facts connected to smoking.

Smoking Facts

These facts are taken from the HNS Digital publication on Statistics on Smoking, England, 2018 [PAS], dated 3 July 2018, which is a National Statistics publication.


hospital admissions in 2016/7 attributable to smoking


deaths attributable to smoking in England in 2016


is the number of prescription
items dispensed in England
in 2017/18 attributed to smoking

£ 1

was the Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) of all prescription items used to help people quit smoking in 2017/18.

Who Smokes?

Adult Smoking Habits in Great Britain: 2017

The Office for National Statistics released their paper: “Annual data on smoking habits by adults, including the proportion of people who smoke, demographic breakdowns, changes over time, and use of e-cigarettes. To see this click here.  Some key points are shown below.

Younger people are more likely to be smokers

younger people more likely to be smokers

Adults classed as routine or manual workers are more likely to smoke then managers and professional people.

manual workers more likely to smoke

Also people with degrees are less likely to smoke (8%) as opposed to people with no formal qualifications (28%).

Chart showing smoking by region

By age, 25-34 year olds are more likely to smoke, and the biggest reduction is in 18-24 year olds.

Smoking is bad for your health

Why should I quit?

Stopping smoking is the single best thing you can do for your heart health, and the good news is that the risk to your heart health decreases significantly soon after you stop.

Smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with people who have never smoked.

By quitting you’ll be improving your own health by dramatically reducing your risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and a variety of cancers. You’ll feel better, and have more money to spend on other things that you enjoy.

How does smoking damage your heart?

Smoking increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, which includes coronary heart disease and stroke.
• Smoking damages the lining of your arteries, leading to a build up of fatty material (atheroma) which narrows the artery. This can cause angina, a heart attack or a stroke.
• The carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood. This means your heart has to pump harder to supply the body with the oxygen it needs.
• The nicotine in cigarettes stimulates your body to produce adrenaline, which makes your heart beat faster and raises your blood pressure, making your heart work harder.
• Your blood is more likely to clot, which increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Take a look at our cardiovascular disease page to find out more about blood clots and the damage they can do to your body.

Second-hand smoke

When non-smokers breathe in second-hand smoke – also known as passive smoking – it can be harmful. Research shows that exposure to second hand tobacco smoke is a cause of heart disease in non-smokers, which means you could be harming the health of your children, partner and friends.

Reasons smoking is bad for you

Most people think it’s the nicotine that’s bad for you.  It isn’t – although it’s addictive it’s the other chemicals in tobacco smoke that are more harmful.

nicotine myths

The impact of smoking on your health

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable illness and premature death in England, with about half of all life-long smokers dying prematurely, losing on average around 10 years of life. In 2016 alone, there were around 78,000 deaths attributable to smoking, representing 16% of all deaths across the UK.

how smoking harms the body
Smoking and Heart Disease

Smoking and heart Disease

This video from British Heart Foundation describes the link between smoking and heart disease. If you smoke, you’re more than twice as likely to have a heart attack than someone who doesn’t.

Have you the will power to stop smoking yourself or do you need support or perhaps move to the less harmful vaping alternative
Giving up smoking covers 3 areas; social, physical and mental

  • Social – socially or at work we congregate in a group [becomes a type of club] in the designated smoking areas. How do you pull away from the smoking group? Take up vaping is a possibility.
  • Physical – Nicotine is very addictive and stopping smoking requires you to wean yourself off nicotine using the many substitutes on the market.
  • Mental – what do you do with your hands or put in your mouth to replace a cigarette. You need to replace these physical habits with something else.

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"Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times."
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Mark Twain
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See what other things can help

More information

Public Health England showed what works in terms of stopping smoking

NHS Smokefree is aimed at helping you quit smoking

Cancer Research UL have a section on stopping smoking

Hold My Light offer a four step plan to give up, with support and an app

The British Lung Foundation have a section on stopping smoking, but also have a lot of other information about how we can keep our lungs healthy

Download the Clearing The Air booklet from the National Cancer Institute

Download the NHS Digital Statistics on Smoking: England 2018 report

Download the NHS Digital Statistics on Smoking: England 2018 report appendices

Download the NHS Digital Statistics on Smoking: England 2018 report tables

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