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Help to stop smoking

Smoking & health

Smoking is the primary cause of preventable illness and death in the UK. On average, cigarette smokers die 10 years younger than non-smokers, with around 100,000 people dying every year in the UK as a result of their habit. 

The good news is that upon quitting you immediately begin reaping the health benefits. Take a look at what sort of health improvements you can expect to experience: 

Time since quitting

Health benefits

20 minutes

Pulse returns to normal.

8 hours

Nicotine is reduced by 90% and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by 75%. Circulation improves.

24 hours

Carbon monoxide and nicotine almost eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out smoking debris.

48 hours

All traces of nicotine are removed from the body. The ability to taste and smell improves.

72 hours

Breathing is easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.

2-12 weeks

Circulation improves.

1 month

Physical appearance improves - skin loses its grey pallor and becomes less wrinkled.

3-9 months

Coughing and wheezing declines.

1 year

Excess risk of a heart attack reduces by half.

10 years

Risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a continuing smoker.

15 years

Risk of a heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.

Stop smoking medication

A variety of medication is available to help smokers who want to quit. This includes nicotine replacement products such as patches, gum, spray, lozenges, and Champix.  Nicotine replacement products work by delivering nicotine (the addictive substance in cigarettes) to your body without the other 4000 harmful toxins found in every cigarette. By providing a healthier nicotine alternative, people stopping smoking can manage their initial cravings in a way that can be reduced over the term of their stop smoking programme. Champix is initially taken while you still smoke and works by minimising the positive effects a cigarette has on your brain as well as reducing your nicotine cravings.

E-cigarettes - a way of stopping smoking?

E-cigarettes are not currently regulated as a product and therefore we cannot vouch for their safety or recommend them as an effective way to stop smoking. That said, evidence of their effectiveness in helping smokers stop smoking is growing. What's important is that smokers understand that in order to change their smoking habits in the long term, it's essential they receive behavioural support in addition to any form of nicotine replacement product, including e-cigarettes.

Smoking in Pregnancy 

How do you feel about giving up? Is it hard to find the time right now to think about stopping? We know you've got a lot on your plate, but please stop for a moment and read this.

In the past lots of people thought that smoking was not that big a risk in pregnancy. You may have heard people say, 'I smoked during pregnancy and my kids were fine.' That may have been true for them but it's often not the case.

We now know that overall smoking is the biggest preventable risk factor for many bad outcomes in pregnancy and childbirth. It increases the risk of miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth. It also contributes to the risk of increased ear and chest infections and asthma in young children. 

Every cigarette you smoke prevents your baby from gaining the oxygen it needs to grow, so they may not get the healthiest start in life. Sorry if that information has shocked you, but those are the facts you need to know about your smoking. You may say you like smoking, but is it worth is now you know the risks to your baby?

The brilliant bit of news is that you can do something about this. Right now. Today. By stopping smoking you will significantly reduce the risks, and our service is here to help you achieve this. Every cigarette you avoid helps your baby. That's why we think it's really important that we get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Our trained advisors are here five days a week to chat about what we can do to help you quit. We won't judge you and we certainly won't make you feel bad. Lots of mums have come to us for help to quit, so we have tried and tested plans to help you give up smoking. We can provide licenced nicotine replacement therapy products such as patches, inhalator and others, which are much safer than smoking, for you and your baby. We can also provide the latest information on using e-cigarettes in pregnancy. 

We are really good at what we do: 3 in every 4 mums successfully quit with us as opposed to going cold turkey or cutting down. 

Did you know if you stop smoking you will start reducing the risk to your baby within a couple of days? And think of all the money you will save - money that can go towards stuff for your little one. 

You are not the alone going through this. We are here to help you every step of the way.  Seriously, what harm can it do to just give us a call and find out more?  Take the first step today.  All the numbers and info you need is below. 

Do something amazing for your baby:
Tel: 0300 303 9988



In an effort to make stopping smoking as easy as possible for you, clinics are available in a range of locations including:

  • pharmacies
  • GP surgeries & health centres
  • mobile 'Quit Van' clinics
  • local voluntary services

Health Trainers  Essex Lifestyles Service

Provide's Essex Lifestyle Service aims to empower the people of Essex to make healthy lifestyle choices, and live healthier happier lives. This is done by listening to you, discussing your needs and providing up to date support to help you make changes to your current lifestyle.

They offer stop smoking support, guidance on diet and exercise and help with developing increased self-esteem and self-management. They also offer classes to support people suffering from long term conditions, and are also able to sign post people to appropriate support provided in their community. You can refer yourself to this free service by visiting their website. 

Other information and advice

Smokefree is the NHS national stop-smoking website. It contains a wealth of information, advice, and tools to help you quit. There are also real-life stories to encourage and inspire you. 

Essex Libraries have a wide range of books to help people to stop smoking.

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