Why quitting smoking is the best choice
Smoking damages your body in many ways. From the day-to-day effects on your heart and your breathing, to longer-term smoking-related diseases such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.
Stopping smoking before an operation reduces the risk of serious complications, improves healing times, decreases the time you will be in hospital after the operation and means you are less likely to be admitted to intensive care. Read more about how you can improve the outcome of your routine surgery by stopping smoking in this leaflet.
As well as increasing the risk of damaging your health, your smoke can harm your family’s health, too. Children from a smoke-free home are less likely to have persistent coughs, middle ear infections and be admitted to hospital due to asthma and chest infections that can be made worse by second-hand smoke.
If you smoke, quitting is one of the best things you’ll ever do for your health. No matter how long you’ve smoked for, as soon as you stop you’ll see the benefits to your health, your everyday life – and your wallet.
If you want to stop smoking there are many online resources to help you quit or cut down – see below.
You can also contact your GP or pharmacist for support to stop. Remember, it’s important to minimise the harm of smoking by using e-cigarettes, eating a healthy diet and keeping physically active.
Online resources to help you quit
Kirklees stop smoking support
Research shows that you are four times more likely to succeed and become a non-smoker with support and stop smoking medication.
Some GP practices, pharmacies and community organisations are signed up to deliver stop smoking support. For more information on where you can access stop smoking support, please visit the council’s website here.
Although not risk-free, e-cigarette use is around 95% safer than smoking, based on current evidence.
E-cigarettes allow delivery of nicotine without the harmful additional chemicals produced by tobacco smoking, such as tar and carbon monoxide, that are responsible for damage to health. E-cigarettes may be used as an aid to quitting smoking, and may be at least as effective as licensed medications such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).
In either case, you can further increase your chances of quitting by accessing behavioural support. If you do decide to use an e-cigarette, try to reduce the amount of nicotine over time by switching to less concentrated liquids, aiming to go nicotine-free in the long term.
Because children often mimic adult behaviour, it is best to restrict use of e-cigarettes to times or places without children present.
Always buy e-cigarette products from a reputable supplier.
You’ll find more information about e-cigarettes on the Smokefree website. If you are pregnant, this infographic answers some of the most commonly asked questions around the use of e-cigarettes during pregnancy.
Stop smoking for 28 days and you’re 5 times more likely to quit for good
Public Health England has a great deal of support to help people stop smoking and it’s not just available in October!
The 28-day stop smoking campaign has driven over 1 million quit attempts to date and is the biggest mass quit attempt in the country. It is based on research that shows that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you’re five times more likely to stay smoke-free for good.
There are many ways to quit including switching to e-cigarettes, using nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum, or by getting face-to-face support from a local stop smoking service (see opposite). You may choose one method, or several but there will be a way that’s right for you.
Find the support you need to quit here.
The Breathe 2025 vision is to see the next generation of children born and raised in a place free from tobacco, where smoking is unusual.
Nearly all smokers start young and in Kirklees we know that two in three smokers started before the age of 18. This means that preventing children and young people from starting smoking is the only way to reduce the number of people who smoke.
A number of factors contribute to children and young people taking up smoking, some of these include; peer and adolescent smoking, seeing smoking in the media; and the smoking status of parents. Children tend to adopt behaviour they see as normal and being around other smokers increases the likelihood that a youth will also smoke.
Children and young people who live with adult smokers are much more likely to start smoking than those who live in smokefree homes. Parenting practices help to protect children against the harms caused by smoking. The best way to protect children are to reduce their exposure to such as seeing parents, family members and friends smoke. Evidence shows that the more a youth observes smoking the more they find it acceptable. To this end we are working to develop areas that are completely smokefree such as smokefree green spaces and play areas so that children can play and grow in areas without seeing smoking around them. This also protects from the harms of second hand smoke as well as helping people who want to quit or have quit to continue to do so.
Public health are hoping to work with all arenas where children live, learn and play to go smokefree such as smokefree schools including school gates, many health settings have already gone completely smokefree and we hope to encourage more settings and other industries to participate in going smokefree.
Kirklees is part of a region wide vision to create a smokefree generation by 2025 everyone can do their bit to support please visit the Breathe 2025 website to find out more.
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