Every cigarette you smoke causes real harm. 1 in 2 long-term smokers die from smoking related diseases, such as heart disease, heart attacks, lung disease, cancers and stroke. Smoking can also adversely affect your lungs, stomach, skin, bones, brain, and mouth and throat.
The effects of second hand smoke can also be dangerous to your family and friends. So why not consider giving up smoking?
Clinics to help you stop smoking
Living Well Rochdale offer FREE support on a range of issues, including clinics to help you stop smoking.
Top tips for to help you quit smoking
Here's some tips which may help you stop smoking:
- Get some help, contact the stop smoking service today, see your doctor, ask at your pharmacy or contact local health trainers.
- Plan ahead to help you cope with stressful situations.
- Pick a quit date that will be stress-free and stick to it.
- Take it one day at a time.
- Pair up with someone else who wants to stop so you can support each other.
- Avoid situations where you might be tempted to smoke.
- Keep track of the money you’re saving and treat yourself.
Read the quit smoking information and advice from the NHS
Smoking during pregnancy
Smoking in pregnancy affects not only your health, but also the health of your unborn child. It restricts the essential oxygen supply that your baby needs to develop properly. Every time you smoke, your developing baby’s heart has to beat harder.
Many women quit smoking during pregnancy and go on to stay smoke free after their baby is born. If you're still trying to conceive, making a smoke free pledge could also improve your fertility.
Benefits for your baby:
- Less likely to be born early and face problems with breathing and feeding that often occur with prematurity.
- Your baby will cope better with any birth complications.
- Less prone to infection.
- Less likely to be underweight.
- Reduced risk of cot death.
Benefits for you:
- Less morning sickness.
- Reduce the risk of stillbirth.
- More likely to have a healthier pregnancy.
- Cope better with the birth.
- Have more money.
Young people who smoke
Smoking causes cancer and can kill you. It uses up all of your money, makes your breath stink and your teeth rot – and that’s not sexy. Get help now to quit or don’t start in the first place. If you or your mates smoke, now is the time to stop.
The younger you start smoking, the more likely you are to die as a result, research shows that 50% of teenagers who carry on smoking will die in their 40s or 50s.
DECIPHer-ASSIST - a Stop Smoking in Schools trial
DECIPHer-ASSIST is a health promotion programme in which Year 8 students are trained to reduce smoking amongst their peers. The scheme was developed through research at Cardiff University and the University of Bristol, funded by the Medical Research Council. Research has shown that smoking amongst young people is a group activity and that one of the best predictors of a young person taking up smoking is the smoking behaviour of their peers.
The DECIPHer-ASSIST peer supporters are selected by pupils in year 8 as being the most influential students. The peer supporters are then trained by facilitators to have informal chats within their year group about the risks of smoking and the benefits of being smoke free.
- Any Rochdale Borough secondary school interested should ring us on 01706 924187.
Paan, bidi and shisha advice
Tobacco that you don't smoke is not a safe way to use tobacco. It still causes cancer and can be as addictive as smoking. This includes paan, betel quid and chewing tobacco.