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Smoking

You may think of lots of reasons why you can't give up smoking,

" It chills me out"

"It helps my confidence"

"It gets me ready for the day"

You might think it's hard to stop when everyone around you still seems to smoke but every year thousands of people go smoke free and you can too. Nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Stats and Facts

  • As from 1st October 2015 a new legislation under smokefree laws would make it an offence to smoke or to fail to prevent smoking in a private vehicle with someone under the age of 18 present. The regulations do not apply to a driver on their own in a car. 10 minutes in a car with a smoker boost pollutants by 30% - keep your car smoke free.
  • Second hand smoke can stay around up to 2 hours after smoking. The fumes are invisible and stay on carpet, children's toys, bed linen and curtains, or on pets fur - keep your house and car smoke free.
  • Blaby District's population of smokers is 17.2% estimated 12,807. 1163 access services.
  • Smoking can cause cancer, lung disease, amputation, heart attacks, stroke, infertility, impotence and other health related conditions.
  • 1 in 4 smokers believe that hand rolling tobacco poses less risk of a health risk than manufactured cigarettes. Roll ups are just as harmful. They contain CADMIUM - found in batteries, BENZENE - a type of fuel, CYANIDE - an industrial pollutant, FORMALDEHYDE - preserves dead bodies, AMMONIA - used in cleaning chemicals to name a few.

Benefits of quitting

  • 20 minutes - your blood pressure and pulse rate go back to normal. Circulation improves, especially in your hands and feet.
  • 24 hours - your body will be clear of carbon monoxide and your lungs will start to clear some of the waste material from smoking.
  • 48 hours - you will be able to taste and smell things better and you will be able to breathe more easily.
  • 72 hours - your breathing is easier, you have more energy.
  • 2-12 weeks - circulation is now improved throughout your body. It's easier for you to walk and exercise now.
  • 3-9 months - your lung efficiency is up by 5-10%. Breathing problems are fading away. Say goodbye to coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing.
  • 5 years - you know have only half the chance of getting a heart attack compared to a smoker.
  • 10 years - the chance of you getting lung cancer is now half that of a smoker. Your chances of having a heart attack are now the same as someone who's never smoked.

Stop Start

1) Set a date - think about stopping

2) Prepare to Stop - bin all my cigarettes

3) Go Smokefree - I'm Smokefree

4) Stay Smokefree

Top Tips

  • Contact your GP, pharmacist or Quit 51 your local stop smoking Service
  • Identify what triggers are going to start you reaching for a cigarette - what can you do instead?
  • Avoid drinking and social situations where you may be tempted to start again.
  • Get rid of cigarettes and ashtrays in the house.
  • Take it one day at a time.
  • Use family, friends for support.
  • Use Nicotine replacement products to help with withdrawal symptoms.
  • Save your pennies in a peggy bank or jar - reward yourself with a gift for doing well.
  • Be positive - you can do it.

More Information: free expert advice and friendly support Call Quit 51 free now on 0800 622 6968 or text smoke free to 66777 and they'll call you back.

E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes are being debated by the governement, public health professionals, GP's, NHS stop smoking service and the general public.

One thing is clear there is still a divide between health care professionals on whether we really now the long term effects of e-cigarettes. Currenlty e-cigarettes are regulated as a general consumer product but they aren't a licensed nicotine product. This means for consumers that when buying e-cigarettes there will be different levels of nicotine and other chemicals. By 2016 all e-cigarettes will need to be regulated and licensed. We need regulations to protect you, the consumer and make sure that e-cigarettes are safe and effective.

The only ingredient that e-cigarettes don't contain is Tobacco - Tar which has been proven and linked to public health problems with developing asthma, respiratory diesase, heart attack, stroke and cancer. Therefore some health professionals are happy to promote these as harm reduction as there is less harm as the Tar has been removed.

ASH - a public health charity (action on smoking and health) published a report on E-cigarettes the summary is below. For the full report click on the pdf at the end of the summary.

  • Nicotine containing products (NCPs) such as e-cigarettes are evolving and there is increasing evidence to suggest that some if not all products provide effective nicotine delivery.
  • There is little real-world evidence of harm from e-cigarettes to date, especially in comparison to smoking.
  • E-cigarettes are used by both smokers and ex-smokers, but there is little evidence of use by those who have never smoked or by children.
  • ASH supports regulation to ensure the safety and reliability of e-cigarettes but, in the absence of harm to bystanders, does not consider it appropriate to include e-cigarettes under smokefree regulations.
  • ASH supports regulation to ensure that e-cigarettes are safe, and effective.

Use of E-cigarettes comes down to choice, if you are thinking of trying e-cigarettes:-

  • Pick a regulated and licensed product (remember all don't have to be regulated and licensed until 2016).
  • Check the nicotine level of the e-cigarette. High nicotine levels will cause heavier dependancy as the nicotine is the addictive drug. So if you want to stop or cut down this will make it even harder.
  • Get help and support if you need it, you are 4 times more likely to be effective if you use a stop smoking service and these health professionals have had training on the use of e-cigarettes even if they can't prescribe them.

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