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Stub it out

Quitting smoking is the toughest health-related new year’s resolution to keep. Help boost motivation with these facts

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Yes, kicking the habit can help improve your love life. Men who give up may get better erections, while women could have improved orgasms. Plus, research shows non-smokers are three times more attractive to potential dates than regular puffers. Good news for Valentine’s Day, eh?

DID YOU KNOW…

Figures show that nearly 60% of people who resolve to quit in January will have started smoking again come February. So this year, try a new tack by heading to boots.com/smoking, where you’ll find various options to help you cut down or give up. Alternatively, your GP may be able to provide help and support. Good luck!

WHAT'S BURNING?

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Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals; many are toxins or known to cause cancer

Carbon monoxide: This poisonous gas (the same one car exhausts emit) forces your heart to work overtime and stops lungs from working properly.

Formaldehyde: Actually used as embalming fluid, it’s been linked to lung cancer.

Tar: The stuff they use to pave roads (yes, really) contains cancer-causing particles and harms your lungs by narrowing the small tubes that take in oxygen.

Arsenic: This chemical is used in rat poison – and is highly toxic to humans, too.

Smoking is still the number one cause of preventable death in the UK. If you don’t already know, it can lead to heart disease, lung cancer and chronic bronchitis. Gulp.

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is the amount your lung capacity can improve by, a mere nine months after giving up. It could mean the difference between getting to the top of the stairs with ease and wheezing by step five.

BABY, GIVE IT UP…

Finding it tough to go cold turkey? These aids could help you cut down

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If you love the physical ritual of smoking, give Boots Pharmaceuticals NicAssist 15mg Inhalator* Boots Exclusive £5.50/550 points (4-pack), a go.

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Discreet and dinky, NiQuitin Mint 4mg Lozenges*, £6.99/699 points (36-pack), can fit easily in your handbag.

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You can stick on a Nicorette Invisi 15mg Patch*, £14/1,400 points (7-pack), once a day to help relieve withdrawal symptoms.

YOU GO GIRLS

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Latest figures show 14.1% of women smoke, compared with 17.7% of men.

*These products contain nicotine and require willpower; always read the label; available in selected stores.

Words Charlotte Grant-West Illustration Getty Images

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