Information/Advice for Smokers
If you are a current smoker we would like to take this opportunity to offer some advice on the health benefits of quitting.
We offer smoking cessation clinics at the surgery, please call us on the 02030492580 to make an appointment with one of our specially trained nurses to discuss this further.
Our nurses are trained and ready to help – they will help you set a quit date, motivate you to succeed, review your progress and offer advice on any treatment to help.
Smoking is still the greatest cause of illness and premature death in the UK. It is never too late to stop smoking and the health benefits of stopping smoking are as important as any medication you may take. These benefits start straight away.
Please see the following for further advice and support options:
Timeline of health benefits after stopping smoking
Health Benefit ...
Breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.
Skin appearance improves, owing to improved skin perfusion.
Cough, wheezing, and breathing problems improve and lung function increases by up to 10%.
Risk of a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.
Risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker.
Risk of heart attack falls to the same level that it would be for someone who has never smoked.
Other benefits of stopping smoking
- Your breath won't smell any more of stale tobacco.
- The smell of stale tobacco will also go from your clothes, hair, and home.
- Foods and drinks taste and smell much better.
- Finances improve. You will save well over £1,000 per year if you smoked 20 a day.
- Better rates of insurance policies.
- You are likely to feel good about yourself.
We would be delighted to see you to discuss how we can help you quit.
Various medicines can increase your chance of quitting. These include nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) which comes as gums, sprays, patches, tablets, lozenges, and inhalers. You can buy NRT without a prescription. Also, medicines called bupropion (trade name 'Zyban®') and varenicline (trade name 'Champix®') can help. These are available on prescription.
There is a lot of evidence that people are more successful at quitting if they receive support and advice from trained health professionals.
Further help and information:
Phone: 0800 0820 388 Text: 07522 679249
Quit - a charity that helps people to stop smoking
Quitline: 0800 00 22 00 Web: www.quit.org.uk
Smokefree - information from the NHS
Free smoking helpline 0800 022 4 332 Web: www.nhs.co.uk/smokefree
Stop Smoking local service poster