We all know that smoking can lead to health problems and is a damaging habit, and yet when you are a smoker it is quite often one of the hardest habit’s to break, and quitting smoking can be a very daunting prospect.
When we first had our now teenage daughter (who is nearly 16) my partner and I were both smokers, I was a social smoker having started the habit at university, while my partner had started smoking in the military and was a heavy smoker. After having our daughter it was important to address our smoking habit’s as we didn’t want to put our precious daughter under unnecessary harm from the secondhand smoke.
We refrained from smoking in the house and car, as we knew that this was damaging to our daughter, and although we believed we were stoping her from inhaling any fumes from our cigarettes, I’m sure that she was at times at risk.
I found it easy to quit smoking as I was not a long term heavy smoker, and as I was just a social smoker the transition was very stress free and simple for me. My partner found it much harder, and it took some years of trying various methods to finally break the habit and stop smoking for good. It was a challenge, and at times I wondered if he would be able to quit, it did take a lot of perseverance and support but the result i’m happy to say was that he is now smoke free. I was so proud of him when he finally quit smoking as I knew what a difficult and challenging road it had been for him to finally give up the cigarettes.
The Dangers Of Second Hand Smoking
I’m sure you have seen the adverts from NHS Smokefree Homes and Cars, which reinforce the message that secondhand smoking is damaging, containing over 4000 chemicals 80% of second hand cigarette smoke is invisible. We believe we are being careful and protecting our children from the harmful poisons of second hand cigarette smoke by smoking outdoors, not smoking in cars etc. But the fact is it doesn’t matter how careful you are, you will be putting your child at risk of breathing in the damaging poison from cigarette smoke. Which can lead to a multitude of health problems if the child is regularly exposed to second hand smoke. Facing these facts it is hard not to have the desire to quit for good to protect your children.
- Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at risk of bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma attacks, meningitis and ear infections.
- Babies exposed to second-hand smoke are more at risk of cot death.
- Breathing second-hand smoke increases a child’s or an adult’s risk of lung cancer by 24% and heart disease by 25%
- Children breathing in other people’s cigarette smoke resulted in 300,000 GP visits and 9,500 hospital admissions for children every year.
Help From The NHS To Quit Smoking
I’m happy to say that now we are a smoke free family and I haven’t smoked for over 13 years, and my partner for 7 years. It is hard for long term smokers to quit the habit and it is good to know that there is plenty of support from the NHS SmokeFree website as it really does help to have encouragement at such a difficult time. Facing the facts and accepting it’s time to quit smoking is the first step, the next step is to get as much support as you can to help you on your new journey to a smoke free life.
I would recommend from personal experience to get as much support as you can, from your family, your friends and your work colleagues. Paired with the free support, resources and guidance you can get from the NHS Smokefree website, you can positively set yourself up to succeed on your journey to quit smoking for good.
If you too are looking to break the habit and need support, below are some of the much needed support tools and resources that the NHS Smokefree website can offer you.