Smoking

Did you know giving up smoking significantly increase your chances of living a longer healthier lifestyle, even if you have smoked for 40 years!

It is never to late to think about stopping, it will make a drastic improvement to your lifestyle and health in ways you might not expect.

Benefits of quitting 

  • After 20 minutes your blood pressure and pulse return to normal
  • After 24 hours your lungs start to clear 
  • After two days your body is nicotine-free and your sense of taste and smell improve 
  • After three days you can breathe more easily, and your energy increases.

Very Brief Intervention

Ask

Have you ever thought of stopping or tried to stop before?

The average smoker could save ÂŁ140 each month (ÂŁ1680 per year) by quitting, what would you do with that extra money?

Remember to personalise the benefits.  Is the person saving for a holiday, or a new home? Do they have children or grandchildren they would like to runaround with?

Assist

State that the best way of stopping smoking is with a combination of medication and specialist support

  • Studies show that you are four times more likely to quit smoking if you do it through a specialist support service.
  • Services are free and they provide one to one support. 
  • Local stop smoking services staffed by expert advisers provide a range of proven methods to help you quit.
  • Its totally free

Do you think you would benefit from the services your local stop smoking service can offer?

 

Act

NATIONAL SUPPORT

  • Call the free Smokefree National Helpline to speak to a trained, expert adviser on 0300 123 1044. All lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm*.
  • Smokefree has lots of free support this includes a smartphone app, email programme or text messages that will keep you focused wherever you are.
  • You can also speak to your doctor, pharmacy team or local Stop Smoking Service for expert advice on stop smoking medicines.

SELF CARE

  • Download the NHS Smokefree app from itunes or google play
  • Get further information from the National Health Service www.nhs.uk/quit
  • Consider using e-cigarettes to stop smoking
  • Millions have used Smokefree support to help them stop smoking. Choose from an app, email, SMS and face-to-face guidance. 

Emphasise that quitting will the best thing they will ever do and the NHS Smokefree service can provide the friendly and helpful support they need to quit for good

Illegal Tobacco

The availability of cheap, illegal tobacco can seriously undermine attempts to stop smoking. Did you know that you can report any sales of illegal tobacco in your community by contacting Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline anonymously on 0808 223 1133, or report it online at http://www.londontradingstandards.org.uk/report-consumer-crime/.  Click on our regional resources tab to see more information about how organisations in London are working together on the Stamp It Out campaign and how you can help.

Local Support and Contact Details