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The Ferryhill & Chilton Medical Practice

The Surgery - Ferryhill
Tel: 01740 651238
Fax: 01740 656291
Chilton Health Centre
Tel: 01388 720208

 

STOP SMOKING SERVICE

 

We can offer you a FREE stop smoking service supporting patients within the Ferryhill and Chilton area to help you give up the habit and lead a healthier smoke free life.

 

We are offering smoking cessation and professional support and advice that works.

 

What is in a cigarette

 

You may think a cigarette is just tobacco wrapped in paper, but its much more than that. When a cigarette burns it releases a dangeous cocktail of over 5,000 different chemicals. Many of these chemicals are poisonous and more than 70 may cause cancer. its not just the smoker who is exposed to these chemicals, because there are also high levels in the smoke coming off the tip of the cigarette while it burns. So anyone around a smoker breaths them in as well.

 

 

 

Immediate Rewards

 

There is no safe amount of cigarette smoke. When you smoke, the chemicals in tobacco reach your lungs quickly every time you inhale. Your blood carries the toxins to every organ in your body. But after you quit, your body begins to heal within 20 minutes of your last cigarette. The nicotine leaves your body within three days. As your body starts to repair itself, you may feel worse instead of better. Withdrawal can be difficult, but it's a sign that your body is healing.

 

Long-Term Rewards


Quitting can help you add years to your life. Smokers who quit before age 40 reduce their chance of dying too early from smoking-related diseases by about 90 percent. Those who quit by age 45–54 reduce their chance of dying too early by about two-thirds. You can take control of your health by quitting and staying smoke free. Over time, you'll greatly lower your risk of death from lung cancer and other diseases such as heart disease, stroke, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and at least 13 other kinds of cancer.

 

When you quit, you'll also protect your loved ones from dangerous secondhand smoke. You'll set a good example and show your family that a life without cigarettes is possible.

You will reduce your risk of developing illness, disability or death caused by cancer, heart or lung disease.

 

You will reduce your risk of gangrene or amputation caused by circulatory problems.

 

You will protect the health of those around you by not exposing them to secondhand smoke.

 

You will reduce the chances of your children suffering from bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma attacks, meningitis and ear infections.

 

You will improve your fertility levels and your chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby.

 

You will improve your breathing and general fitness.

 

You will enjoy the taste of food more.

 

How to Quit

 

There isn't one right way to quit, but certain things can be extra helpful. For example, medication can double your chances of quitting for good. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and prescription medications can boost your chances of success during your quit journey.

Your goal is to quit for good and remember your reasons for quitting. Understanding and preparing for the challenges you may face will help you become smoke free.

 

Remind yourself of the rewards of quitting to help yourself stay on track:

 

20 minutes: heart rate and blood pressure drop

 

12 hours: carbon monoxide in blood stream drops to normal

 

2 weeks–3 months: circulation, lung function improve; heart attack risk begins to drop

 

1–9 months: cough less, breathe easier

 

1 year: risk of coronary heart disease cut in half

 

2–5 years: risk of cancer of mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder cut in half; stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker

 

10 years: half as likely to die from lung cancer; risk of kidney or pancreatic cancer decreases

 

15 years: risk of coronary heart disease same as non-smoker's risk

 

Please ring 01740 651238/01388 720208 and speak to a member of staff to arrange an appointment with our Smoking Advisor to start your quit attempt journey.

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