Stopping smoking is one of the most important things you can do for your health. No matter how long you’ve smoked, if you give up smoking you’ll reduce your risk of developing a range of diseases. If you’ve been thinking about quitting, now’s a great time to try.
This is stressful and fear-filled time for many of us. We want to encourage you, quitting smoking is the best decision you can make right now. Smoking damages your lungs and lowers your immune system meaning it’s harder to fight off respiratory infections such as coronavirus. By giving up the cigarettes, you’re giving your lungs a chance to repair, increasing the likelihood of a quicker recovery. If smokers catch coronavirus, they may be more likely to experience a more severe infection compared to non-smokers.
You’re helping to protect your family and loved ones from second-hand smoke, reducing their chance of related complications too. Smokers who are self-isolating and are unable to go outside should seek to use alternatives such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or e-cigarettes. Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of complications from respiratory infections.
One of the most effective ways to quit smoking is by using medication such as Champix along with 12 weeks of advice, support and encouragement from a local health professional. Depending on where you live, we can connect you to a local pharmacist or GP for 1:1 support to stop smoking. These sessions are free, and also include stop smoking medication, such as Champix or NRT, whichever you prefer, to help relieve your cravings.
We’re providing 8-10 weeks of NRT (nicotine replacement therapy patches and gum) free of charge to help smokers quit smoking. Stopping smoking brings immediate health benefits particularly to the heart and lungs. Reduce your likelihood of added complications from coronavirus.
Congratulations, and thank you for committing to make this the time you quit for good. We applaud you! We’re cheering you on! You’re not alone. We’re here for you. We will provide you with telephone coaching from our stop-smoke coaches.
Smokers who register for our smoking cessation support will be able to choose one of three different options available for smokers who would like support to quit smoking:
Our coaching sessions will help you to become smoke-free by supporting you to identify the things you think are preventing you from quitting and working out how you can overcome them. You will also be encouraged to set a quit date as part of your quit attempt.
Our smoking cessation coaches will work with you to work out the right strength of patch and gum for you and will run through how to use each product you are sent. 24-hour patches and gum are on offer for clients who require it to help them quit and will be sent directly to your home from us.
If you are new to LiveWell Dorset, welcome. We support adults in Dorset to take steps to a happier and healthier life. Our free advice and coaching is provided by your council.
Pick up the phone if there’s anything we can do to support you. You can call us on freephone 0800 840 1628. Register to receive our support. Once you’ve registered we’ll call to discuss your stop-smoke plan.