The health benefits of giving up smoking begin the moment you stop, and continue to increase the longer you have quit.
Cigarettes and tobacco are really expensive, so quitting will also help you to save money.
It’s against the law to smoke in public buildings now, and in 2015 it became illegal to smoking in any private vehicle carrying people under the age of 18. This can make smoking tricky if you’re a parent.
There is a really great stop smoking service near you that can help you give up, providing expert support and stop smoking medications for free. If you like to use E-cigarettes to stop smoking, they can help with that too.
Leicester City Stop Smoking Service
The Leicester City Stop Smoking Service offers a free, one to one, 12 week programme of support.
There are a large number of clinics throughout the city and they can provide home visits for pregnant women.
They offer all the traditional licensed products (patches, mouth spray, inhalators, Champix and many more) and advisers are skilled in helping people choose the right product for them.
They are also e-cig friendly, and although can’t supply e-cigs, they can give the behavioural support that makes a big difference to success rates.
Those living in Leicester city can call Stop on 0116 4544000 to talk to an advisor for more information.
Quit Ready is a part of Leicestershire County Council and welcomes anyone who wishes to stop smoking to take part in a 12 week programme led by you.
This free programme provides friendly advisors who are on hand throughout the course to offer support and the mechanisms to help you stay and cope being smoke free.
They will also provide you with 12 weeks worth of nicotine replacement therapy, Champix or Zyban, and will keep in touch with you between appointments via phone, text, webchats and email.
Those living in the county can call Quit Ready on 0345 646 6666 or text “ready” to 66777.
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called Chat Health. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health nurse (health visitor/school nurse) within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.
Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.
Leicester City: text 07520 615381
Leicestershire & Rutland: text 07520 615382