OneLife Suffolk is packed with guidance and advice on how to live healthier, but here we have provided answers to some frequently asked questions. Please let us know if there is a question you would like the answer to that isn’t listed here.
My partner is quitting smoking, how can I help?
- Keep calm – nicotine withdrawal can cause low mood and your partner might be more susceptible to low and changeable mood. Always remember it’s the withdrawal talking, not them!
- Communication – Keeping communicating during quitting smoking is very important and can help avoid conflict if both parties are clear about how they feel.
- Offer distraction – Go to the movies (and let them choose the show), take a walk, go for a meal out. There are many options to help your partner not think about smoking.
- Celebrate – Celebrate their small achievements.
Can I bring someone with me to my appointment?
Yes! (If space permits due to Covid-19 and social distancing).
Like anything in life, doing it together can sometimes be easier and more enjoyable. Nothing could be truer than with quitting smoking. If you have decided to quit smoking while your partner or family member(s) continue to do so, this can make your quit attempt even harder with the temptation a little too close for comfort!
Main benefits of stopping together:
- More support – Quitting together will enable you to support each other through the hard times and the extra support will help you along the way.
- Double the saving – If you and your partner or family member(s) both smoke, you could save double the amount by both kicking the habit!
- No second-hand smoke – If you both quit smoking, you will both benefit by not having to deal with the dangers or smell of second-hand smoke.
Will I have to pay?
The OneLife Suffolk Stop Smoking service is FREE. It offers behavioural support as well as FREE Nicotine Replacement Therapy support for up to 12 weeks. Items such as Champix and Zyban, and other prescription-only medication, will be the usual prescription charge.
What is Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)?
NRT refers to Nicotine Replacement Therapy which are items such as patches, sprays and other Nicotine replacement medications.
How old do I need to be?
12 years and older. Young people of 12 -16 years of age do not necessarily need to bring a parent or guardian, but we would recommend bringing someone along for extra support.
How frequently will I attend?
You will need to attend a one-to-one once per week for 12 weeks. There are also other options available such as telephone support.