Respiratory Clinical Nurse Specialist, Karen Hennessy provides some top tips for smokers considering quitting.
George Eliot Hospital, is supporting No Smoking Day on 14 March by sharing key messages the national campaign, disseminating valuable information with its own staff and providing advice and contacts.
Karen says smokers don’t have to quit alone and provides the following useful tips to support smokers to stop smoking:-
Contact a free local Stop Smoking Service near you. Studies show that you're four times more likely to quit with help. Developed by experts and ex-smokers and delivered by professionals, your local Stop Smoking Service provides expert advice, support and encouragement to help you stop smoking for good via www.quit4good.co.uk
Sign up for up to 28 days free quitting advice and tips straight to your inbox to increase your chances of success (visit the Smokefree website)
Visit the Smokefree Facebook advice community - NHSsmokefree
Call the free Smokefree National Helpline to speak to a trained, expert adviser. Call now: 0300 123 1044. All lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm.
Consider using a stop smoking medicine to help you stop. There are three types of stop smoking medicines: Champix tablets (varenicline), Zyban tablets (bupropion), Nicotine replacement therapies (NRT), including patches, gum, lozenges, microtabs, inhalators and nasal sprays. All are available from the NHS with a prescription, and NRT can also be bought from pharmacies and other shops (such as supermarkets) without a prescription.
An estimated 2.9 million adults in Great Britain currently use e-cigarettes and of these, 1.5 million people have completely stopped smoking cigarettes. They carry a fraction of the risk of cigarettes and can be particularly effective when combined with extra quitting support.
No smoking day is the perfect time to quit smoking. For free support visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree
Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disability in England.
Karen said “If you think you’ve tried every way to quit already and failed, try again. There are a variety of ways to stop smoking and it is just about finding the right one for you.
“Many smokers want to quit but aren't sure about the best way to go about it. There's lots of free support on offer and by using the support that's right for you, you'll be boosting your chance of quitting.
“You are up to four times more likely to quit successfully if you use a combination of stop smoking medicine and specialist help and support from your local Stop Smoking Service.
George Eliot Hospital also provides services for pregnant women who currently smoke.
Stop Smoking Specialist Advisor, Kelly-Ann Bullingham added: “Stopping smoking is one of the best things mums to be can do for their baby to give them a healthy start in life.
“Anyone who wants to stop smoking can contact NHS Warwickshire Stop Smoking in Pregnancy Service- text or call 07917 227004 (you may be charged for this text/call– check with your service provider)
“You can also visit Warwickshire's own www.quit4good.co.uk for further information about stopping smoking.”
George Eliot Hospital, which is a smoke free site, wants to remind staff, patients and visitors that smoking is not allowed anywhere on hospital grounds and encourages smokers to consider support to quit while on site, either temporarily or for good.
Smokers are asked not to smoke on hospital grounds to protect our patients and staff and to promote healthier lifestyles to our wider community.