Gateshead is one of a number of towns and cities across Britain working towards becoming a Smokefree Community. We aim to protect the public from the harm of second-hand smoke, and help smokers to quit if they want to. Find out more about our Smokefree Alliance.
Stopping smoking is the most important single thing you can do to improve your health and wellbeing.
Stopping smoking is the most important single thing you can do to improve your health. You don’t have to wait long for the benefits to start once you stop.
20 minutes – your blood pressure and pulse return to normal
24 hours – carbon monoxide will be gone from your body
48 hours – your sense of taste and smell improve
72 hours – your breathing becomes easier
3-9 months – coughs and breathing problems improve
If you’re ready to take your first steps there is help at hand.
Stop Smoking Services
The Stop Smoking Service for Gateshead offers a range of personalised support to help you stop smoking for good.
You are 4 times more likely to be successful in quitting if you use your local stop smoking service. There are stop smoking service providers located across Gateshead in pharmacies, GP practices and community organisations who can help you to plan your quit attempt and provide the most suitable support and medication to help you along your journey.
Your Stop Smoking Service operates a dedicated contact Hub, which is open 7 days a week. Call us today and we will match you with a local Stop Smoking adviser. There are 3 ways to contact us
Gateshead Health Trainers
Make an appointment with one of our Health Trainers. They can give you one-to-one advice on giving up smoking, getting fit and improving your health.
Children's Centre's in Gateshead
Staff at local children's centre's are happy to support parents who want help and advice about protecting children from secondhand smoke. Some centre's offer stop smoking support, please drop in and ask local staff.
Gateshead Youth Service's
Local youth service staff are happy to discuss issues related to smoking with young people and to help them access support to stop smoking.
NHS Health Check
Have a free NHS Health Check. NHS Health Checks are free for all those who:
Are aged 40-74
Are registered with a GP in Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland
Have not been previouisly diagnosed with diabetes, heart problems, stroke or kidney problems
Not currently managed by a GP for high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
The results of your check-up will give you information on your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or type 2 diabetes.
The check is available from your GP surgery, selected pharmacies and community venues across Gateshead. It’s quick and easy, and if there is a problem, you’ll get plenty of personalised help and advice on simple lifestyles changes that can make a huge difference.