To mark the 30th National No Smoking Day, Live Well Suffolk offered smokers the chance to see what they will look like if they don’t pack in the habit.
On Wednesday, Oliver Langford and Terry Dowding invited smokers to use their age progression software at Bury Leisure Centre which simulates the affect of smoking and sun exposure on your appearance.
They also tested how much carbon monoxide is in a smoker’s lungs, a dangerous posionous gas which stops oxygen getting into the bloodstream.
Oliver said: “Every year National Non Smoking Day encourages 1 million people to quit for the day.
“In just one day your carbon monoxide levels will go down and you will begin to cough up mucus and debris from your lungs. The main aim is to give people a sample of what it is like to be smoke- free in the hope that they will give it up for good.”
Live Well Suffolk offers a range of services to help people stop smoking.
They arrange one-to-one sessions to evaluate a smoker’s intake of cigarettes and offer both nicotine replacement and medicinal therapies if neccessary.
Oliver said: “To be honest, the age progression software was initially used to grab people’s attention but we now use it in prevention.
“If you show the health consequences of smoking to a young person they think they will live forever so won’t take any notice.
“But if you show them the affect smoking will have on their appearance they tend to pay more attention.”
Contact Live Well Suffolk on 01473 229292, text QUIT to 80011 or visit www.livewellsuffolk.org for more information on how to stop smoking.
The benefits of quitting smoking:
After 20 minutes: Your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal.
8 hours Nicotine and carbon monoxide start to leave your body and oxygen levels return to normal.
24 hours Your lungs start to clear out mucus and debris.
48 hours Nicotine has been eliminated from your body
2-12 weeks Exercise becomes easier and breathing improves.
3-9 months Coughs and breathing problems reduce
One year Risk of heart disease is half of a smoker.