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Smoking

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.

How to stop smoking

Visit the NHS website for more tips, online tools and general advice on stopping smoking.

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:

  • Intensive support
  • Group sessions
  • One-to-one appointments
  • Drop-in sessions

Services are delivered in locations around the county and may also be provided in your own home.

Get in touch with Smokefree Norfolk 

Support from pharmacies

Most pharmacies across Norfolk provide services to help you stop smoking, including:

  • 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

Use the map below to find a pharmacy near you providing stop smoking support.

You can also search the NHS website to find a pharmacy near you.

Switching to e-cigarettes

You're 60% more likely to successfully give up smoking if you switch to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) rather than relying on willpower alone.

E-cigarettes are also known as vapes and work by heating a liquid that contains nicotine and flavouring to create a vapour.

Users inhale the nicotine through the vapour without most of the harmful effects of smoking. 

Are e-cigarettes harmful to health?

The current evidence from Public Health England shows that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than tobacco cigarettes. 

The vapour from e-cigarettes does not contain the same cancer-causing chemicals as tobacco cigarettes. These chemicals can be absorbed by your body and linger in the air for up to 30 minutes.

Both cigarettes and e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is an addictive chemical on its own, but it’s relatively harmless. 

Can I use e-cigarettes to help me stop smoking?

Evidence has shown that many smokers find e-cigarettes a useful quitting aid, but they're not currently available on prescription.

Nicotine replacement therapy such as gum and patches are available on prescription and can be used in combination with e-cigarettes. 

To ensure that you give yourself the best chance to quit smoking, contact your local GP, pharmacy or Smokefree Norfolk. 

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