Smoking is still the leading preventable cause of illness and premature death and is a contributory factor in more than one in six deaths in Norfolk.
Most smokers say they want to stop and more of them are successfully quitting. 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
You’re likely to live longer
It’s never too late to go smoke free. Whatever age you stop smoking, it reduces your chances of developing lung cancer and makes a real difference to your general health.
Smoking during pregnancy
Smoking when you are pregnant harms your child. It restricts the baby’s essential oxygen supply, so its heart has to beat harder every time you smoke.
Stopping smoking will help both you and your baby in these ways:
You’ll reduce the risk of complications in pregnancy and birth
You’re more likely to have a healthier pregnancy and a healthier baby
You’ll reduce the risk of stillbirth
Your baby is less likely to be born premature and face potential breathing, feeding and health problems
Your baby is less likely to be born underweight and therefore at less risk of infection or having a problem keeping warm: babies of women who smoke are on average 200g (about 8oz) lighter than other babies
You’ll 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.
Research has shown that it's three times more effective to use a local stop smoking service than willpower alone. Smokefree Norfolk offers specialist advice and support to smokers across Norfolk who want to quit.
The service helps thousands of people every year to give up smoking successfully. Its advisors will work with you to find what support works best for you. This could be:
Services are delivered in locations around the county and may also be provided in your own home.