We are a completely smokefree organisation.
This will help us to provide a safe environment that promotes health and reduces harm for you, our patients and our visitors on all of our sites.
We can offer lots of support if you want to give up smoking.
Our stop smoking service has trained advisors who will offer free friendly support and advice to help you stop smoking. Your advisor can also recommend the most appropriate medication to help you deal with any cravings.
Stopping smoking for 28 days or more means you’re five times more likely to stop for good.
- The effects of smoking
Every time you smoke you damage your body. Over time the effects of smoking on your body can lead to serious health problems including cancer and heart disease.
- Heart disease
Every time you smoke a cigarette you fill your lungs with carbon monoxide. Your body becomes short of oxygen and produces more red blood cells to compensate. This makes your blood thicker, places a strain on your heart and increases your risk of circulatory problems.
- Lung cancer
Over 80% of all lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking. It’s the chemicals and compounds in tobacco smoke that make smoking so harmful. The more you smoke and the longer you smoke the greater your risk.
- Respiratory disease
The major causes of respiratory diseases include chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic asthma, is smoking. Tobacco smoke ages your lungs making their function decline sooner.
- Smoking while pregnant
Smoking during pregnancy can have severe consequences on your unborn child. It often results in low birth weight, premature delivery, and reduced lung development. It also increases the risk of respiratory disorders during early and teenage years.
How we work
We run one-to-one sessions, support groups and drop-in sessions in a wide range of venues including GP practices, pharmacies and community centres in Northumberland. We also run a number of out-of-hours sessions for those who find it difficult to make sessions during the day as well as providing sessions in the workplace.
You can also be referred to our service by any health professional, or you can get more information at your GP practice or pharmacy.
Stop before your op
We encourage our patients to stop smoking before their operation and the sooner, the better. This helps to:
- Reduce risk of complications and infections
- Help the wound heal quicker
- Get home earlier
Hear how Mandy quit smoking with our help before her operations and has remained smoke-free. Click here to watch Mandy’s story.
Stop smoking services can support you:
- Northumberland – 01670 813 135
- North Tyneside – 0191 643 7171
- National NHS smoking helpline – 0300 123 1044
You may also find the following links useful: