Like it or not, smoking is not hot
In fact stopping smoking is the biggest single thing you can do to improve your health and the health of others around you who are exposed to second hand smoke.
Going smokefree isn`t easy, but when you see the drastic improvements to your life and health, you`ll want to set your action plan going as quickly as you can.
How will my life improve?
You will save money - as much as several hundred pounds a month, if you`re a heavy smoker.
You will no longer smell of stale tobacco.
The appearance of your skin and teeth will improve.
You will feel more confident in social situations - you won`t be worrying about the secondhand smoke you create anymore.
Your home will smell fresh and you will no longer be staining your walls with nicotine.
You will reduce the risk of fire in your home.
How will my health benefit?
You will reduce your risk of developing illness, disability or death caused by cancer, heart or lung disease.
You will improve your breathing, circulation and general fitness.
You will protect the health of those around you by not exposing them to secondhand smoke.
You will reduce the chances of your children suffering from asthma or glue ear.
You will improve your fertility levels and your chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby.
You will enjoy the taste of food more.
1. Contact your local NHS Stop Smoking Service for practical help and advice from a trained specialist.
2. Plan ahead to help you cope with stressful situations.
3. Pick a quit date that will be stress-free, and stick to it!
4. Take it one day at a time, and congratulate yourself every day.
5. Pair up with someone else who wants to stop so you can support each other.
6. Use Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), Bupropion (Zyban), or Varenicline (Champix) to help you manage the cravings these are available on prescription.
7. Theres no such thing as having just one cigarette.
8. At first avoid situations where you might be tempted to smoke.
9. Keep track of the money youre saving and treat yourself!
10. Think positive you CAN do it!
Secondhand smoke comes from the tip of a cigarette and the smoke that is breathed back out by the smoker. Wherever people smoke there is secondhand smoke in the air, although you might not notice it because it is almost invisible and odourless.
Even if you open a window, secondhand smoke will still be present in a room after two and a half hours! Even if you can`t see or smell any smoke, it`s still there. Smoking in a car is even worse because all of the smoke is concentrated into a small space.
SECONDHAND SMOKE CONTAINS 4,000 TOXIC CHEMICALS.
People that breathe secondhand smoke are at risk of the same diseases as smokers, including cancer and heart disease, because secondhand smoke contains 4,000 toxic chemicals. It is estimated that secondhand smoke causes thousands of deaths each year.
Children are particularly affected by secondhand smoke because their bodies are still developing, and around half of all British children are growing up in homes where at least one parent is a smoker.
Virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces in England are now smokefree. It is against the law to smoke inside public places like pubs, bars, nightclubs, caf้s and restaurants, lunch rooms, membership clubs and shopping centres.
Indoor smoking rooms are no longer allowed in the workplace. Public transport and work vehicles used by more than one person are also smokefree.
You`re pregnant. Congratulations!
Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland NHS Stop Smoking Service has a specialist service just for expectant mums and their families. We can help you quit, giving you and your baby a fresh start.
We can arrange to see you in a venue close to home at a time that suits you best. You can ask your midwife or GP to contact us, or you can call us directly at the Stop Smoking Service on 01287 284487.
We will continue to meet with you over the course of your pregnancy, and give you advice and support to help you quit. Certain forms of Nicotine replacement therapy can also be used by pregnant women and we can organise this for you. We can give you tips to resist the cravings and monitor your carbon monoxide levels to show you the progress you are making.
Smoking during pregnancy can be harmful to both mother and baby. The sooner you stop smoking the safer it is for both you and your baby.
The harmful effects are numerous and include:
An increased risk of miscarriage and stillbirth
Increased likelihood of delivering the baby prematurely before 34 weeks and at a much lower birth weight
Harms associated with the exposure to second-hand smoke
Good reasons to stop smoking when you are pregnant and to stay stopped:
You reduce the risk of miscarriage or bleeding
You reduce the risk of your baby experiencing breathing problems in its first six months of life
You decrease the risk of cot death
You improve your chances of a healthier pregnancy
Your child will grow up in a smoke free home
You will have a healthier child/children who are less likely to be smokers in later life
The money you will save will be really useful
Our Stop Smoking Service aims to provide young people with information about smoking so that they are able to make informed choices before starting or continuing to smoke if already a smoker.
Young people aged 12 years and over are able to attend any of the Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland stop smoking clinics
We provide confidential support for those wanting to stop smoking
Nicotine Replacement Therapy is available to young people aged 12 years and over
Our Advisors work in partnership with other Organisations including Schools, Youth Clubs and Colleges to offer help to those wanting to quit either as one-to-one sessions or in groups.
If you would like confidential advice about your smoking or would like to make an appointment to stop smoking call us on 01287 284487
Stop Smoking Programmes take place across the Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland localities. Some of the regular locations are listed below. If you dont see a programme available near you dont worry contact the service for alternative arrangements
Community Drop-In Clinics
There are 5 community based Specialist Stop Smoking Advisers in the Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland localities. Their job is to work with you in your local community in a variety of different ways. You can call into any of the Community Drop-In Clinics straight way.
You can also get advice and support from pharmacies across the Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland localities. Just contact the pharmacy to arrange an appointment.
The following GP Surgeries offer advice and support to patients wishing to give up smoking registered at the practice. To arrange an appointment please phone the practice and book an appointment.
The following Dental Surgeries also offer advice and support to patients registered at the practice. To arrange an appointment please phone the practice to book an appointment.