STOP SMOKING SERVICE

 

We are offering smoking cessation and professional support and advice that works.

 

What is in a cigarette

 

You may think a cigarette is just tobacco wrapped in paper, but its much more than that. When a

cigarette burns it releases a dangerous cocktail of over 5,000 different chemicals. Many of these

chemicals are poisonous and more than 70 may cause cancer. its not just the smoker who is

exposed to these chemicals, because there are also high levels in the smoke coming off the tip of

the cigarette while it burns. So anyone around a smoker breaths them in as well.

 

 

Immediate Rewards

 

There is no safe amount of cigarette smoke. When you smoke, the chemicals in tobacco reach your lungs quickly every time you inhale. Your blood carries the toxins to every organ in your body. But after you quit, your body begins to heal within 20 minutes of your last cigarette. The nicotine leaves your body within three days. As your body starts to repair itself, you may feel worse instead of better. Withdrawal can be difficult, but it's a sign that your body is healing.

 

Long-Term Rewards

 

Quitting can help you add years to your life. Smokers who quit before age 40 reduce their chance of dying too early from smoking-related diseases by about 90 percent. Those who quit by age 45–54 reduce their chance of dying too early by about two-thirds. You can take control of your health by quitting and staying smoke free. Over time, you'll greatly lower your risk of death from lung cancer and other diseases such as heart disease, stroke, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and at least 13 other kinds of cancer.

 

 

How to Quit

 

There isn't one right way to quit, but certain things can be extra helpful. For example, medication can double your chances of quitting for good. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and prescription medications can boost your chances of success during your quit journey.

Your goal is to quit for good and remember your reasons for quitting. Understanding and preparing for the challenges you may face will help you become smoke free.

Do we have your current smoking status recorded in your medical record? If you have recently stopped smoking please let us know so we can update your medical record.

Useful Links

SmokeFree

NHS Free Smoking Helpline 0800 022 4 332 7 days a week, 7am to 11pm. Here to help you! The NHS have produced "Smokefree", a dedicated service to inform everyone of the dangers of smoking, the benefits to giving up and how they can help you kick the habit.

QUIT

QUIT is the independent charity whose aim is to save lives by helping smokers to stop. Smokers wanting to QUIT should call 0800 00 22 00 or email stopsmoking@quit.org.uk for free, individual, same-day advice from our trained counsellors.

 

NHS Choices - Stop Smoking NHS Stop Smoking Tracker

This desktop application will help you to stop smoking successfully by providing a 30-day course of daily messages, information and tips straight to your computer.

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