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Find out how quitting will improve your health

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We’re all worried about the health effects of smoking. Quitting helps you not just on the inside, but also on the outside.

Studies show that smoking can make you look older. Smokers of more than 20 cigarettes a day are three times more likely to wrinkle prematurely than non- smokers, an effect that's both unavoidable and irreversible naturally, and more pronounced in women.1 For those who are concerned about looking older, quitting smoking should be at the top of the 'to do' list.

Showing the signs of aging

On the eve of World Tobacco Day 2010, Nicabate released research that showed many smokers don't realise how their habit affects their skin. To highlight the findings, celebrity Chloe Maxwell donated her image to be altered. It was digitally treated using software developed in Canada, to illustrate the difference between how a smoker and a non-smoker appears at different stages of their life.

After seeing the images, Chloe said: "It's scary just how much smoking can prematurely age you. I am so glad I managed to quit. I know how hard it is to give up smoking but once you manage to give it up, it feels incredibly empowering. It took me countless attempts to finally kick the habit and I applaud products like Nicabate as they can really help you on your journey to quit".

What to look out for

In the long term, smoking can cause deep grooved crow's feet, vertical furrows above the lips and lots of fine wrinkles on the cheeks. The constriction of blood vessels also leads to broken capillaries and the skin being deprived of oxygen, causing it to look thinner and have a greyish colour.

Keeping your skin looking younger

There are plenty of wrinkle treatments and anti-aging creams out there, but if you're a smoker then one of the best things you can do is quit. Quitting smoking will go a long way to helping you regain a more natural, colourful complexion.

There are lots of different strategies to quitting smoking. This site has plenty of advice to help you find a way to quit that best suits you. If you'd like to use Nicabate products to help you on your quit journey, head to the products section for details on what Nicabate options may be available to you.

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Quitting and your health - a timeline of improvements

Well done for starting your quit journey!

Celebrate your achievements and track your progress with this weekly check list.

Week 1: Most of the nicotine is out of your body and your sense of taste and smell has improved.

Week 2: You're past the first hurdle. The average ex-smoker will have less than 2 cravings per day, each less than 3 minutes. Stay strong and use quit products best suited to your needs.

Week 3: Your circulation has substantially improved. Walking and gentle exercise has also become easier.

Week 4: Your skin's appearance is quickly improving. You'll be looking more fresh and radiant.

Week 5: Your chronic cough, if any - has likely disappeared.

Week 6: You're halfway - well done! you've experienced some major changes.

Week 7: You have more energy. Suddenly that dreaded visit to the gym doesn't feel so daunting.

Week 8: Take a deep breath in. Your lung capacity has already increased.

Week 9: Cilia are quickly regrowing, increasing your ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs and reduce infection.

Week 10: Your smoke free immune system is now much better equipped to fight off nasties like the common cold.

Week 11: Smile! Your pearly whites appear whiter. Your smoke free life also has the benefit of fresher breath.

Week 12: Congratulations! You conquered the toughest part of the quit journey. You've dramatically improved your lung function and overall health and wellbeing.