Stop smoking support

Stop smoking support

If you are a smoker, quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do to improve your health.

Stopping smoking is one of the best things you will ever do for your health. 

Every time you smoke a cigarette, your body is flooded with thousands of chemicals, many of which are poisonous. The sooner you quit, the sooner you'll notice improvements to your health now and in the future. Plus, on average you could save £38 a week by quitting smoking. That’s around £2000 a year.

You don’t have to quit alone, it’s much easier to do it with the right information, advice, and support. 

Please see below for a range of free support that is available along with advice on stop smoking aids including e-cigarettes:

  • visit your local pharmacy for information and advice: NHS - Find a pharmacy
  • call 0300 123 1044, the free Smokefree National Helpline to speak to a trained, expert adviser; all lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm
  • the NHS Smokefree app can help you stop smoking by giving daily support and motivation: NHS - Quit smoking
  • chat to an adviser online, sign up for 28 days of free quitting advice and tips straight to your inbox to increase your chance of success: NHS - Quit smoking
  • join the Facebook Smokefree online community, swap tips and get advice from people just like you: Facebook - NHS Smokefree
  • peer support: someone who feels supported is more likely to quit smoking for good; that’s why friends, family members, and significant others can play a big part in helping a person become smokefree
  • control nicotine cravings: there are plenty of stop smoking products out there that can give you the extra support you need to beat the addiction including e-cigarettes, gum and patches; most of these are available in your local pharmacy or supermarket
  • speak to your GP (NHS - Find GP services)

Remember it is never too late to quit!

Support for pregnant women to quit smoking

Stopping smoking is the most important thing you can do for you and your baby. For more information visit NHS Choices - Stop smoking in pregnancy or download a NHS Smokefree app at NHS - Quit smoking

Our pregnancy stop smoking services can help support you to quit and both you and your baby will feel the benefits straight away.

Worcestershire pregnancy stop smoking services

Worcestershire Midwifery team Smoking Support Service

  • pregnant women and their household members
  • face to face support with Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and/or vaping products supplied
  • service opening times: referrals: 24hours a day 7 days a week, office hours evenings and weekends variable
  • home visits offered: yes

Contacts:

Worcestershire stop smoking service for mothers (and others in the household) with a baby under 3 years old

  • provide 1:1 support with a trained Smoking Cessation Advisor
  • provide point of contact for Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
  • provide joint family sessions if preferred

To refer a family email: whcnhs.smokefreehomes@nhs.net

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)

Growing body of evidence suggest that electronic cigarettes(e-cigs) are a popular method to help people to stop smoking. Some studies suggest that e-cigs are 60% more effective at helping people to stop smoking when compared to those that are trying to stop smoking with no aid.

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are designed for users to inhale nicotine without most of the harmful effects of smoking. They deliver nicotine by heating and vaporising a solution that typically contains nicotine, propylene glycol and/or glycerine, and flavourings. As there is no burning involved, there is no smoke. Unlike cigarettes, e-cigarettes do not produce tar and carbon monoxide. The vapour has been found to contain some toxicants also found in cigarette smoke, but at much lower levels. 

To avoid nicotine addiction, e-cigarettes are not recommended for use by non-smokers.  It is illegal to sell e-cigarettes to under 18 year olds.  It is also illegal to sell to, or purchase e-cigarettes for under 18 year olds.

Using e-cigarettes to quit smoking

Listen to an e-cigarette user's experience of making the change to e-cigarettes. This video places a focus on trying to find different types, strengths and flavours until you find what is right for you.

Independent introduction video.


 

To avoid nicotine addiction, e-cigarettes are not recommended for use by non-smokers.  It is illegal to sell e-cigarettes to under 18 year olds.  It is also illegal to sell to, or purchase e-cigarettes for, under 18 year olds.

Film e-cigs v cigarettes.

find out more about e-cigarettes visit NHS - Using e-cigarettes to stop smoking

Download e-Cigarettes leaflet

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