Stopping Smoking

The Healthy Family Service provides information and signposting to specialist services for parents and young people who wish to stop smoking.

We will often ask you about your smoking status and interest in stopping or changing smoking habits. We will direct you to useful websites and other resources and can refer you to a local stopping smoking support service.

Guidance and helpful information

Evidence suggests that you are more likely to be successful in quitting if you access a combination of support and treatment. Treatment choices depend on your personal preference, age, whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and any other medical conditions you might have.

A previous failed attempt does not mean that you will not be successful in quitting.

It can be helpful to identify/understand any triggers or habits in your smoking patterns.

Other things that can help include:

  • Setting a clear date and telling people about it
  • Getting rid of all related products on quit day
  • Make a list of all the reasons for quitting. What is motivating you?
  • Get active. Taking part in physical activity can be helpful
  • Think of other ways to keep your hands and mouth busy!
  • Save the money you would have spent on cigarettes and use this for a treat
  • Consider whether your friends smoke and how friends can support or hinder you
  • Think positive

Reducing the amount that you smoke still has an immediate improvement on your health now and in the future.

Find out how quickly you’ll notice the benefits of stopping. For example:

  • After 48 hours there is no nicotine in the body. Your ability to taste and smell is improved
  • After 3-9 months, coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%
  • After 10 years your risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker

The impacts of passive smoking are now governed in law specifically around the health and wellbeing of young children. This includes no longer smoking in cars with children.

Who might my child or I see?

A member of the Healthy Family Team may ask you about your smoking status when they see you to ask about your interest and motivation in making any changes.

What do I do next?

Speak to a member of your Healthy Family Team or your GP if you would like to find out more about your local smoking cessation support services.