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Kicking the Habit -- Smoking
by Dr. Jeremy Sims

Smoking-related diseases remain the biggest killers of menfolk in the UK. If you're a smoker, here are just a few of the many benefits of giving up:

1. You smell better - your clothes and your home will be far better for it you'll be a thousand times more attractive to your partners (or potential partners).

2. You'll have more energy - smoking increases carbon monoxide levels in your blood, reducing oxygen delivery to your body. No wonder your energy levels are low!

3. Reduced blood pressure - after a cigarette your blood pressure surges for at least 20 minutes, placing a strain on your heart.

4. Improved breathing - smoking causes the walls of the lung tubes (bronchi) to constrict, reducing air entry.

5. Better concentration - within a day or two of kicking the weed you'll discover your ability to concentrate is greatly improved. Your mind will be clearer and you'll be much better able to cope with those tedious jobs.

For help on giving up contact:

England -- Quitline 0800 00 22 00

Scotland -- Smokeline 0800 84 84 84

Northern Ireland -- 0290 66 32 81

Wales -- 0345 697 500

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Dr. Sims is the Medical Director of FitStop, the UK's foremost group of health and fitness centers, and an expert on matters relating to fitness of body and mind. Having trained as a GP, he now works full-time in health promotion and has written extensively on the subject, including a monthly medical column in Mensa magazine with the TV psychiatrist, Dr Raj Persaud. Dr. Sims was the original Virgin.Net online doctor. Article courtesy of MediaPeak, http://mediapeak.com

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