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Smoking

 

Caia Park Health Team works with people of all ages and backgrounds, helping and encouraging them to quit smoking.
 
On this page you will find information on the following things:
 
 
Smoking has over the years become less popular and the numbers of smokers has been steadily coming down. The current figures suggest that around 24% of adults in Wales smoke.
 
 
Smoking has lots of health risks that most of us have heard about: 
  • Increased risk of a number of cancers
  • Strokeslungs
  • Heart disease
  • Poor circulation
 
 
Other things you can potentially look forward to from smoking are: 
  • Yellow fingers/teeth
  • More wrinkles
  • Bad breathe
  • COPD – a number of conditions that block airflow
  • Impotence
  • Higher risk of fires at home
  • Cost - If you spend around £6 per day on cigarettes in 1 year you could save £2,184 by quitting.
 
 
 
If you are seriously thinking about quitting then here are some things that can help you be successful:
 
  • Pick a quit date that will work for you.
  • The night before you quit get rid of all your ashtrays, cigarettes, and lighters. Clean the house to get rid of the smoke smell and wash your clothes, as the last thing you want is to be reminded of smoking all the time.
  • On the day of quitting find things to do to take your mind off smoking and avoid situations where you normally smoke.
  • Start saving the money you would have spent on smoking as this can be really encouraging in times of craving.
  • Get help either from your local stop smoking group or by using Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). To get more information about NRT visit the Smokefree website.
 
 
 
 
Switching to low Tar cigarettes is better for me
 
This is not the case; you are more likely to take deeper drags to get more nicotine which means you breathe in more Carbon Monoxide.
 
Stopping smoking will make me stressed
 
A common myth is smoking makes you feel less stressed, actually it is the exact opposite. The withdrawal and cravings in between each cigarette make smokers more anxious and increases stress levels. Stopping smoking will make it easier for you to deal with stressful situations.
 
 
 
 
NEW - Fit 2quit programme
 
Stopping smoking can be really hard as many of us don't know what to expect when we quit. It can be off putting when we get a worse cough than when we were smoking and putting on weight can be a nightmare. Fit2quit has been designed to inform you of what to expect and to give you advice and support about how to reduce the horrible side effects of quitting.
 
For more information on the fit 2 quit programme visit the fit2quit page
 
The good news is that 2 out of 3 smokers want to quit and there is plenty of support out there to help you.
 
For people in Caia Park and the surrounding area there is a dedicated service to help you quit.
 
The Stop Smoking Wales Service runs a 7 week clinic At the Caia Park Partnership, Blue building, on a Wednesday between 13:30am and 15:30pm which is by appointment only.
 
The clinic helps give advice and support to those who want to quit and also provide a letter for 12 weeks free Nicotine replacement Therapy from your GP.
 
For more information about this service you can visit the Stop Smoking Wales Website.
 
The service is FREE all you need to do is ring the freephone number 0800 085 2219 and book a place on the next course.
 
 
 
 
Want to know how much your habit is costing you?
To calculate the cost of your smoking please take the smoking calculator test.
 
 
Want to know how addicted to smoking you are?
To see how strong your addiction is take the Addiction test.
 
 
If you want to keep up with your quit attempt why not use the Quit App
 
 
 
If you want any further information or support to stop smoking you can contact the Health Team via the office phone number 01978 356 351 or via email on bcu.caiaparkhealthteam@wales.nhs.uk.
 
 
 

Last updated: 23 April 2013