It's never too late to go smoke free.
Giving up smoking means you’ll be healthier, you'll have more money, your breath and clothes won’t smell, you’ll look a lot better and you‘re likely to live longer. No matter what age you stop, it reduces your chances of developing lung cancer and makes a real difference to your health in general. Visit NHS Choices for more tips, online tools and general advice on stopping smoking.
There is no doubt that secondhand cigarette smoke harms children but small changes such as taking 7 steps out of your home before smoking can make all the difference. Find out more about protecting your children by keeping your home smoke free by visiting the Take 7 Steps Out website.
Smoking during pregnancy
Every cigarette you smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, so smoking when you are pregnant harms your unborn baby. Cigarettes can restrict their essential oxygen supply, so their heart has to beat harder every time you smoke.
Stopping smoking will help both you and your baby immediately. When you stop smoking:
- You will reduce the risk of complications in pregnancy and birth
- You are more likely to have a healthier pregnancy and a healthier baby
- You will reduce the risk of stillbirth
- Your baby is less likely to be born too early and have to face the additional breathing, feeding and health problems that often go with being premature
- Your baby is less likely to be born underweight: babies of women who smoke are, on average, 200g (about 8oz) lighter than other babies, which can cause problems during and after labour. For example they are more likely to have a problem keeping warm and are more prone to infection
- You will reduce the risk of cot death, also known as sudden infant death syndrome
Stopping smoking now will also help your baby later in life. Children whose parents smoke are more likely to suffer from asthma and other serious illnesses that may need hospital treatment.
The sooner you stop smoking, the better. But even if you stop in the last few weeks of your pregnancy this will benefit you and your baby.
Stop smoking services
Smokefree Norfolk offer specialist stop smoking advice and support to smokers from across Norfolk who want to quit. Every year the services help thousands of people to give up smoking successfully.
Specialist stop smoking advisors will work with you to find what works best for you; offering everything from intensive support, group sessions, one-to-one appointments, and drop-in sessions, all delivered in locations around the county (possibly even your own home).
Ask your GP, pharmacist or other healthcare professional to refer you to the service. Alternatively you can contact the service directly by:
- Calling freephone 0800 0854 113
- Visiting the Smokefree Norfolk website
- Advice on smoking and your health
- One to one support from stop smoking advisors
- Nicotine patches, gum and other stop smoking medicine
- Referral to specialist stop smoking advisors
Most pharmacies across Norfolk provide support to stop smoking. Search NHS choices for a pharmacy near you.