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Smokefree Wiltshire

#QuitforCovid

By stopping smoking you can:

  • Reduce the likelihood of complications from COVID-19
  • Protect the health of others. Exposure to second hand smoke also increases the risk of complications from respiratory infections
  • Reduce the burden on the NHS. Stopping smoking brings immediate health benefits particularly to the heart and lungs.

For further information please visit: https://www.todayistheday.co.uk/ 

A Twitter account @QuitforCovid has also been set up to support people to stop smoking. Every day between 7.30pm and 8.30pm a quit clinic is hosted with a health expert to provide advice and support for people who'd like to quit.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic local stop smoking services are delivering support over the telephone. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and Champix are still available. Please talk to your stop smoking advisor about how to obtain these. Some providers may be delivering reduced services during this time. They are committed to help those who have made a quit attempt and started a course of treatment to complete this. For new stop smoking attempts please contact the Wiltshire Health Trainers.

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection.

For on-line stop smoking support and advice please visit:

www.todayistheday.co.uk or NHS Smokefree

Vaping

Vape shops were required to close to support social distancing and encourage people to stay at home. Many retailers are still operating online or over the telephone to provide e-cigarettes and other vaping products to support quit attempts. Please ensure you only purchase products that meet UK regulations for safety.

Support to quit

Our trained stop smoking advisors offer friendly, non-judgemental advice and support across the county. The advisors can give you tips and information while working with you to beat your cravings and change your smoking habits. Your advisor can also discuss the range of stop smoking medications and help to choose the right one for you. If you would like to use an electronic cigarette or vaporiser, we can still help you break free from tobacco use; let your advisor know that you have your own device and they can work with you to stop smoking.

Your first session will last for 20-30 minutes with follow-up sessions of 10 minutes to complete the 12-week course. Sessions are face-to-face, but advisors may also be able to offer a telephone support on request.

Support is available in most GP surgeries as well as at participating pharmacies. Contact your local GP Surgery or Pharmacy for further details.

Find surgeries and pharmacies offering a stop smoking service

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Wiltshire Health Trainer service also offers tailored support for smokers to quit. Our Health Trainers work with you to improve your health and make positive lifestyle changes. Your Health Trainer can assist you every step of the way to achieve and maintain your goals. The service is free and available for adults aged 18 and over.

To speak to a Health Trainer, call 0300 003 4566 or email health.trainers@wiltshire.gov.uk.

How much can you save?

You may be spending more money on smoking than you realize. You probably already know that quitting smoking is good for your health. But were you aware of just how much money stopping smoking can save you? 

The average male smoker has 12 cigarettes a day and the average female smoker has 11 a day, which works out as 360 cigarettes a month for men and 330 for women (based on 30 days in a month). 

That's £154.80 a month and £1,857.60 a year for men, and £141.90 a month and £1,702.80 a year for women that could be saved by giving up smoking.

A 20-a-day smoker can save up to £60 a week, £255 a month and £3,060 year by stopping smoking.

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Last updated: 16 April 2020 | Last reviewed: 16 April 2020