Stop Smoking Service - NHS Newcastle and North Tyneside
The Stop Smoking Service can help people living in Newcastle to quit smoking. Take the first step by contating them or you can drop in at any of their sessions - no appointment needed - to get friendly, helpful support and medical products to help with cravings.
What does the stop smoking service offer?
- Treatment sessions available every 1 - 2 weeks for 15 - 30 minutes, up to 12 weeks
- Discussions about the use of Champix (with GP authorisation)
- Carbon Monoxide checks to see how much progress you are making
Giving Up Smoking
Most people know that smoking damages your health. It is the biggest cause of death and illness in the United Kingdom. Giving up smoking is the single greatest thing you can do to improve your health and the advantages are immediate. No matter how old you are, it's never too late to feel the benefits.
Nearly all enclosed public spaces and work places in England are now subject to smoke free legislation. This means that smoking is banned in factories, work vehicles, private membership clubs, offices, and on public transport, as well as in licensed premises such as bars, pubs and restaurants. To find out more, contact Fresh (Smoke Free North East)
The Benefits of Giving Up Smoking
There are many good reasons to stop smoking:
- Your risk of serious diseases such as cancer and heart disease will reduce significantly.
- You will be able to breathe more easily and your circulation will improve.
- Your breath will be fresher.
- You will be much better off financially. Find out how much you could save by using the NHS Choices smoking calculator.
- Your energy levels will increase.
- Your sense of taste and smell will improve.
- Your house, clothes and hair will no longer smell of stale smoke!
If you stop smoking:
- After 20 minutes your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal.
- After 8 hours the oxygen levels in your blood return to normal.
- After 24 hours carbon monoxide disappears from your system and the build-up of tar starts to clear from your lungs.
- After 48 hours all nicotine will have left your body.
- After 72 hours your sense of taste and smell will have returned.
- After 4 weeks your circulation improves and you experience more energy.
- After 3 months coughs, wheezing and breathing problems will have improved.
- After 1 year the risk of a heart attack will be half that of a smoker.
- After 10 years the risk of dying from lung cancer will be half that of a smoker.
- After 15 years the risk of a heart attack is similar to that of someone who has never smoked.