Benefits of quitting smoking undoubtedly outweigh any risks

9 December 2013        

Nicotine patch

Smoking cessation therapies do not increase the risk of heart attack, stroke or heart-related death, according to research.

Investigating concern that some smoking cessation products may have side-effects, researchers analysed 63 clinical trials including over 30,000 people.

Serious heart events were not found to increase with the use of nicotine replacement gums and patches.

Our Senior Cardiac Nurse, Amy Thompson, said: “We know that getting help to stop smoking doubles your odds of successfully quitting. Some smokers are concerned about side-effects linked to medicines and treatments on offer, but this research shows that the benefits of these therapies far outweigh the risks.

“Stopping smoking is the single best thing you can do for your heart health - giving up will dramatically reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.

“If you’re thinking of quitting smoking and don’t want to go it alone, make an appointment with your GP to discuss the support available to you.”

The next No Smoking Day will take place on 12 March 2014. Whether you want to get started straight away, or join us then, we can provide you with all the tools and support you need to start your quit journey. 

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