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
You are four times more likely to stop smoking if you use our local stop smoking service. In Gateshead, all GPs and many pharmacy shops provide free stop smoking services. See a full list of local stop smoking services
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.
Local pharmacies and community providers can also offer help and support with quitting.
If you have been coughing for 3 weeks or more, contact your doctor, or visit the Be Clear on Cancer website