Smoking is the single biggest preventable cause of premature death in the UK today. Every year, over 100,000 people die from smoking related causes. In Gateshead this equates to nearly 600 deaths each year. An estimated 33,700 Gateshead residents smoke and levels of smoking amongst children are higher than England as a whole.
That’s why stopping smoking can make a positive difference to your health and to your lifestyle. You could even start feeling the benefits - such as lower blood pressure and clearer lungs - in as little as 24 hours.
Find out how much smoking costs you, what the risks to yours and your family’s health are, and why now is the right time to quit on the NHS Smokefree website.
Where to start?
Find out more about the risks of smoking, why it’s important to stop, and tips on how to quit:
- FRESHNE - a dedicated programme to tackle smoking in the North East.
- NHS Smokefree offers Quit Kits, face-to-face support, a mobile app, and email and text support.
- NHS Choices - lots of information on how to stop smoking and the benefits you’ll enjoy.
- NHS Smoking Helpline - speak to a trained counsellor on 0800 169 0 169.
- Quit - a national charity aiming to reduce smoking related deaths.
- ASH - a public health charity focused on eliminating the harm caused by tobacco.
Support in Gateshead
Research has shown that you are four times more likely to quit successfully if you use a local stop smoking service. Here are some useful contacts:
- Live Well Gateshead - a friendly, experienced team of advisers and specialists who will give you advice, support and encouragement to stop smoking for good. They understand everyone is different and will explore various routes to help you quit.
- Trading Standards and illegal tobacco - the issues with illegal tobacco - how to spot it and how to report it.
More help from your GP
If you are worried about certain symptoms or you would like specific advice on any aspect of smoking and health, you can make an appointment with your GP.
If you are between 40 and 74, your GP will offer you an NHS Health Check which has been designed to assess your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or type 2 diabetes.
You can find out more about NHS Health Checks at the NHS Health Check website.
If you have been coughing for 3 weeks or more, contact your doctor, or visit www.nhs.uk/lungcancer.