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Stopping smoking, the hard facts

NHS Stop Smoking Services are transforming the long-term health of the nation, producing significant health benefits for users and making cost savings for all taxpayers by reducing the pressures on limited hospital services.

 

Smoking can influence your daily health and add complications to long-term ill health such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and other respiratory conditions. It can also hinder surgical recovery from, for example, hip replacements because it slows down the bodies built-in healing processes, and of course there are also increased risks during pregnancy.

 

If you're trying to, or are thinking about stopping smoking, then you're doing the very best thing for your health. But are you getting the best results for your hard work?

 

Many people will increase their chance of successfully stopping smoking if they follow 6 easy steps.

 

1. Think about how you smoke - when, where and why?

 

2. Talk to your GP, practice nurse or your local NHS Helpline about stopping smoking.

 

3. Think about whether a medical therapy, such as nicotine replacement patches, could be useful to you - you can get them on prescription and you may be entitled to a free prescription.

 

4. There are other therapies available so think about which would fit with your lifestyle - many people find nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) patches are convenient and easy to use.

 

5. Remember that using NRT whilst receiving professional advice and support will significantly increase your chance of success.

 

6. To find a local NHS Smoking Cessation Adviser and for any information on stopping smoking, either contact your GP practice or ring the local NHS Smoking Helpline on 023 9224 8878

 

Smokefree

smokefree.nhs.uk

 

NHS Direct

www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

 

Quit4Life

www.quit4life.nhs.uk


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