Stopping smoking and protection & prevention from tobacco use
Smokefree Life Nottinghamshire is a new service that launched on 1 April 2016. Run by Solutions 4 Health, it provides services to help prevent people from taking up smoking, protect people from the dangers of secondhand smoke and support people to quit.
The Smokefree Life Nottinghamshire service replaces the New Leaf service and is free to anyone living in Nottinghamshire or registered with a Nottinghamshire GP. For more information please visit: www.smokefreelifenottinghamshire.co.uk
Support to quit smoking
We all know smoking is bad for you, your family and your friends. There are lots of reasons to stop smoking as well as plenty of support to quit.
There is a range of local support that can help you quit smoking by:
- assessing what's going to help you
- explaining what's happening to your body as you give up
- offering free stop smoking aids like nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), which can be given to you on the spot, as well as the stop smoking medication, Champix
You can get this support from:
- the specialist stop smoking service Smokefree Life Nottinghamshire - call: 0115 772 2515 or 0800 246 5343, text: quit to 66777, email: email@example.com.
- some GPs and pharmacies also offer support
Online support and further information is also available through:
You can also call the national quit smoking helpline on 8000 0224332, or call 0800 1699169 for support with quitting during pregnancy.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Nicotine is highly addictive and it is the nicotine in cigarettes that causes people to become addicted to smoking. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) helps you to quit by managing your nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
NRT works by releasing nicotine steadily into your bloodstream, without the poisonous chemicals you get from tobacco smoke. This helps to control the cravings for a cigarette.
Local specialist support providers can give you free NRT there and then so you don’t need to go elsewhere to get it. They can also offer you the free stop smoking medication, Champix.
As of 1 October 2015, it is illegal to smoke in a car (or other vehicles) with anyone under 18 present. The law is changing to protect children and young people from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
Both the driver and the smoker could be fined £50. The law applies to every driver in England and Wales, including those aged 17 and those with a provisional driving licence. The law does not apply if the driver is 17 years old and is on their own in the car. For more information visit GOV.UK.