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. For more information on quitting smoke visit our Smoke Free Notts website.
Support to quit smoking
There is a range of local support who 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 or cheap nicotine replacement therapy.
You can get this support from:
- Your GP or chemist
- Nottinghamshire New leaf - call 0800 3897712 or text 'leaf' to 80800
- Bassetlaw stop smoking service - call 0800 3288553 or email email@example.com.
Online support is also available through:
You can also call the national quit smoking helpline on 8000 0224332, or call 0800 1699169 for support 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 run an NRT voucher scheme which entitles you up to 4 weeks worth of free NRT products (if you do not pay for prescriptions). If you do pay for prescriptions, you’ll only have to pay a one off payment of a prescription charge.
From 1 October 2015 it will be 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.