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Be Smoke Free

There should be no surprises here – stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your health and wellbeing. And you are four times more likely to quit for good if you use an NHS stop smoking service. 

Every cigarette you smoke increases your risk of developing diseases like heart disease, cancer and stroke. The good news is, no matter how long you’ve smoked for, quitting helps improve your health straight away.

The best way to quit and stay smoke free is still by getting in touch with your local NHS Stop Smoking Service: Southampton Quitters. Their experienced advisers understand the challenge of giving up and can offer friendly advice on everything from using e-cigarettes to the best tips and tricks they know has helped many people to give smoking the boot for good.

Southampton Quitters can also offer CO (Carbon Monoxide) tests and the best medication to make it easier for you to stop smoking. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products, Champix (Varenicline) and Zyban (Buproprion) are all available and known to be helpful.

Contact them today on 02380 515221 or visit the Southampton Quitters website. You can also get in touch with Quitters on Facebook or follow them on Twitter for free advice, tips and tricks on giving up smoking for good.   

You can also contact your GP or local pharmacy for help to quit smoking.

    • One You Southampton - Be Smoke Free

    One You Southampton - Be Smoke Free

Using an e-cigarette?

An evidence review by PHE found that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful to health than tobacco and have the potential to help smokers quit smoking.

Emerging evidence suggests some of the highest successful quit rates are now seen among smokers who use an e-cigarette and also receive additional support from their local stop smoking services.

If you do decide to use an e-cigarette you may wish to consider:

  • Avoiding “vaping” around your children as we do not know exactly what is contained in the vapour which they give off
  • Discouraging younger family members from using e-cigarettes as nicotine is highly addictive.
  • Keeping your e-cigarette and e-liquids away from children and pets as the nicotine they contain can be poisonous if swallowed
  • Being careful when charging an e-cigarette as using an incorrect charger can be a fire risk. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service recommend only using the charger that comes with your e-cigarette. The devices should also never be left unattended while charging because they can overheat

For more information on e-cigarettes visit NHS Choices.