Our Stop Smoking service is accessible to anyone who has smoked a tobacco product in the last 48 hours and is 12 years old and above. Our Stop Smoking Practitioners have a wealth of training and experience in smoking cessation and helping clients with behaviour change.
Our practitioners offer a 12-week support programme which includes Carbon Monoxide monitoring, access to treatments (Champix, Zyban, Nicotine Replacement Therapy, product dependent) and a direct supply of Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
We provide tailored support to help change your behaviour by looking at your current routine and teaching you new coping mechanisms. We provide one-to-one and group support in this format.
Smoking in Pregnancy – Specialist Support Available
Protecting your baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do for you and your baby. It can be difficult to stop smoking, however, our stop smoking practitioners are here to support you.
Every cigarette you smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, so smoking when you are pregnant can be harmful to you and your unborn baby. Cigarettes can restrict the essential oxygen supply to your baby which can hinder their development. Each inhalation on a cigarette starves baby of 15 seconds of oxygen.
- Risks of Smoking during Pregnancy
- Increased risk of Miscarriage
- Increased risk of the child’s developing asthma
- Stunted development
- No matter what stage of pregnancy you are, it is never too late to quit smoking!
You can find more information and guidance on smoking in pregnancy in our leaflet.
Products and Medication
The following products and medication are used to support a quit attempt and to wean off nicotine addiction.
The nicotine patch is an effective method of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). Nicotine patches deliver nicotine through the skin. The nicotine dose is gradually decreased over the weeks of the programme to slowly wean you off nicotine.
Advantages of this product
Patches are useful for those who want to be discrete (they can be worn easily beneath clothing).
Patches are also appropriate for people who dislike the taste of the oral products.
Nicotine gum is an effective NRT smoking cessation treatment. The gum delivers nicotine that is absorbed through your mouth lining and begins to work within a short time to reach the brain and curb cravings.
Advantages of using gum
Gum can be helpful because it provides short bursts of nicotine to prevent cravings and withdrawals.
The nicotine Inhalator holder is a thin plastic tube with a nicotine cartridge inside. When you draw air through the inhalator, nicotine is absorbed into the lining of the cheeks and within minutes it begins to reach your brain. The great thing about the inhalator is it will simulate the action and behaviour of smoking and the hand to mouth action you might be missing while you are still actively quitting smoking. Another option similar to this method would be vaping – please see below our vaping section for more information!
Advantages of using Inhalator
Using an inhalator replicates the hand to mouth motion of smoking which some people miss when quitting. It also provides absorption into your bloodstream meaning it should relieve withdrawal symptoms.
You can answer some questions about your breathing by following this link: https://breathtest.blf.org.uk/
With a similar application of using a nasal decongestant spray, it releases a nicotine spray which is quickly absorbed into your bloodstream where it can start to curb cravings.
Advantages of using a nasal spray
The advantage of nasal sprays is that it works more quickly than gum or lozenges with nicotine taking no longer than 10 minutes to reach peak delivery to the brain. It can also mimic the sudden nicotine rush that you get from smoking a cigarette.
Similar to a fresh breath mouth spray that you may have used, some people like using a nicotine mouth spray to help them quit smoking due to the rapid uptake of nicotine. Research has suggested that mouth spray can have a far quicker absorption into the bloodstream than more slow release methods such as patches, lozenges, and gum and therefore, it reduces cravings much faster.
Advantages of Mouth Spray
Mouth spray is quick working and will quell a craving within 60 seconds. This is one of the reasons why it is a best-selling product.
Mouth spray is also ideal if you feel anxious about quitting smoking.
The lozenge is a tab that dissolves in the mouth. It is sucked and intermittently rested or parked in the mouth and as it dissolves, the nicotine is absorbed into the lining of the mouth and reaches the brain within 3-20 minutes.
Advantages of Nicotine Lozenges
The lozenges are a popular, best-selling product and there are various flavours available.
Champix works by reducing your cravings to smoke, making each cigarette you smoke whilst on the medication less and less satisfying. This is a prescription-only medication.
Advantages of Champix
Champix is exceptionally successful in helping people reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke and staying smoke free in the long-term.
Zyban is used to help people stop smoking by reducing cravings and other withdrawal effects. Similar to Champix, it changes the satisfaction you feel from smoking a cigarette whilst using the medication.
With smoking causing 79,000 death per year (1), Electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes or vaporisers, are increasing in popularity. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that mimic the action of smoking, offering nicotine through an aerosol that comes from the device. There are some that have no nicotine in them. E-cigarettes or vapes don’t burn tobacco or produce tar or carbon monoxide (2). These are some of the most damaging elements in tobacco smoke which you inhale from cigarettes. The current best estimate is that e-cigarettes are at least 95% less harmful to your health than tobacco (2). It is important to understand that nicotine is not the most harmful element of smoking. It is also important to note that nicotine is highly addictive in any form, including vaping and using an e-cigarette.
- Facts: vaping poses only a small fraction of the risks of smoking and switching completely from smoking to vaping conveys substantial health benefits.
- Myth: the evidence does not support the concern that e-cigarettes are a route into smoking among young people. Youth smoking rates in the UK continue to decline – regular use is rare and is almost entirely confined to those who have smoked.
- Myth: E-cigarettes are not regulated. This is a myth – all E-cigarettes sold in the UK are held to the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 which ensures that all E-cigarettes meet a high safety standard.
- Myth: E-cigarettes can give you ‘Pop Corn’ lung. This is of course not true; however, it is something you may have seen in the media when researching E-cigarettes. This is a popularised belief. Some of the flavourings used in E-cigarettes may contain a chemical called diacetyl. In high doses, this chemical can cause a condition known as bronchiolitis obliterans (a lung condition), however, this chemical is banned in the UK for E-cigarettes.
- Publication Statistics on Smoking, England 2017 [PAS] This is part of Statistics on Smoking Official statistics, National statistics, Publication date: 15 Jun 2017 (29/03/2019)
- https://www.gov.uk/government/news/e-cigarettes-around-95-less-harmful-than-tobacco-estimates-landmark-review (29/03/2019)
- https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2018/02/20/clearing-up-some-myths-around-e-cigarettes/ (29/03/2019)