Stop Smoking

Giving up smoking is probably one of the best things you can do to improve your health, however we know that it can be tough doing it on your own.

If you’re ready to quit smoking, then we can help!

Two-thirds of smokers say they want to quit, however, most try to do so unaided, which is the least effective method. Smokers who get the right support are 3 times as likely to quit successfully.  That’s why we offer free 121 support sessions which are open to all adults living, working or studying in Newcastle.

You will benefit from one to one support which is tailored to your needs and up to date information about the different treatment options available to you.  One to one appointments can be arranged to fit in with your lifestyle and we can also offer group support in workplaces and community groups.

Here’s Angela to tell you a little bit more about the support we can offer.  Please note, at present we are only able to offer support remotely due to social distancing.

If you want to quit with our support, please get in touch thorugh our contact page.


There are so many reasons to quit smoking, it really is one of the best things you can do for your health (and your bank balance)

We have all heard that smoking is bad for your health, but the effects on your wallet are pretty amazing too.

The average smoker (smoking around 20 cigarettes a day), can save over £3500 a year…that’s a lot of money going up in smoke!

Find out how much you could save if you gave up, we think you’ll be pretty shocked.

Still not convinced? Then take a look at what’s actually in a cigarette, ingredients include arsenic, cadmium (which is used in battery production) and formaldehyde. 

No wonder smoking is bad for your health!

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable illness and premature death in England, with about half of all lifelong smokers dying prematurely, losing on average around 10 years of life. In 2016 alone, there were around 78,000 deaths attributable to smoking, representing 16% of all deaths across the UK.

Consider “Quitting for Covid”

The Chief Medical Officer has highlighted that smokers are more susceptible to respiratory infections making this an important time to encourage smokers to quit. ASH has had contact from smokers saying the current situation has given them the final push to quit, and asking for further information on quit support.

Smoking harm the immune system, reducing the bodies’ natural protection against infections, like coronavirus. Smokers are therefore at greater risk of:

• getting acute respiratory infections
• the infection lasting longer
• the infection being more serious than it would be for someone who does not smoke

These risks are also greater for people exposed to secondhand smoke, including children, especially at this time when we are all spending more time together in the home.  If you are not in a position to quit, you can protect your children by not smoking in the house and risk them being exposed to your smoke.

Dr Nick Hopkinson, Reader in Respiratory Medicine at Imperial College London and Chair of ASH explains the relationship between smoking and COVID-19 and the key messages for smokers in the video below from Fresh:


Smoking harms the body in many different ways

They are all pretty unpleasant and the risks associated with smoking are very high.

smoking harms the body


 

While smoking is bad for your bank balance and bad for your health too, it’s also pretty harmful to other people including children.

80% of cigarette smoke is invisible and no matter how careful you are, they can still breathe in your cigarette smoke.  So if you don’t quit for yourself, why not quit for your loved ones?


The great news is that when you give up smoking, your body starts to recover!

It really is never too late to give up smoking.  Even if you’ve smoked for years, when you quit your body almost immediately starts to recover.


There are many options available to help you quit and we can support you to make an informed choice about what’s right for you.

Public Health England has produced some guidance which focuses on the range of smoking quitting routes that are available and the evidence for their effectiveness.  This tells us that currently, around half of all smokers in England try to quit unaided using willpower alone, despite this being the least effective method.

Getting support can greatly increase a person’s chances of quitting successfully:

  • using nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) or e-cigarettes makes it one and a half times as likely a person will succeed
  • a person’s chances of quitting are doubled if they use a stop smoking medicine prescribed by a GP, pharmacist or other health professionals
  • combining stop smoking aids with expert support from local stop smoking services makes someone 3 times as likely to stop smoking successfully

 

options for stop smoking aids

This shows that with our help you are three times more likely to succeed as using willpower alone!


There is good evidence to show that using stop smoking aids increases people’s chance of quitting success, particularly when combined with expert face-to-face support from a local stop smoking service such as the one we offer.

There are 3 main types of aids:

  1. Prescription tablets (Varenicline and Bupropion)
  2. Nicotine replacement therapy products such as patches, inhalers and gum
  3. E-cigarettes or vapes

When you meet with one of our team, we will look at the different options so that you can better understand which one, if any, is right for you.

We did just want to highlight that at present, there is no medicinally licensed e-cigarette product available on the UK market. However, the UK has some of the strictest regulation for e-cigarettes in the world. Under the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016, e-cigarette products are subject to minimum standards of quality and safety, as well as packaging and labelling requirements to provide consumers with the information they need to make informed choices.

Leading UK health and public health organisations including the RCGP, BMA and Cancer Research UK now agree that although not risk-free, e-cigarettes are far less harmful than smoking. The PHE and the RCGP estimate the risk reduction to be at least 95%.  It is important to note that when using these aids, people should stop smoking tobacco completely and evidence about e-cigarettes and the effects of them on long term health is still developing.  PHE’s blog: ‘Clearing up some myths around e-cigarettes’ provides the evidence in response to some of the more commonly reported inaccuracies and misconceptions about e-cigarettes and vaping.

 


Ready to make that first step?

Then contact our trained team who can offer you 121 support if you are over 18 and live, work or study in Newcastle.  They are here to help you quit for good!  You can also call the NHS Smokefree helpline on 0300 123 1044, open Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm and Saturday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm.

In addition to getting the right support for you, there are a number of small lifestyle changes that you can make to help you stay on track and resist temptation.

The NHS have identified some useful Self Help Tips

  • Think Positive – you might have tried to quit smoking before and not managed it, but don’t let that put you off.  Look back at the things your experience has taught you and think about how you’re really going to do it this time.
  • Make a plan to quit smoking – make a promise, set a date and stick to it.
  • Make non-smoking friends – When you’re out, stick with the non-smokers.
  • Make a list of reasons to quit – keep reminding yourself why you made the decision to give up.
  • Identify when you crave cigarettes – a craving can last 5 minutes. Before you give up, make a list of 5-minute strategies.

 

 

Getting more active can also really help you!  A review of scientific studies has proved exercise, even a 5-minute walk or stretch, cuts cravings and may help your brain produce anti-craving chemicals.

Pop over to our Getting Active page to find out about our gyms and classes and you could try our 10 step home work out to introduce gentle exercise into your daily routine easily and safely.

Before you go you may also be interested in our Healthy Eating page which has lots of recipe ideas and inspiration ofr quick, easy and delicious family recipes and you can get a free 25:25 Cookbook download too!