Support to Stop Smoking Service
The Support to Stop Smoking service is provided free of charge by a team of experienced advisors who’ve helped thousands of smokers to quit. People using our service are far more likely to succeed when they get help and use medication compared to people quitting alone. You’ll get a full 12 weeks of advice, helping you to stay motivated and kick the habit. We’ll give you medications on prescription, free to those exempt from prescription charges. Otherwise they’re subsidised. Call 0300 330 1341 for information on the prescription prepayment certificate which can reduce the price further.
You can access the service in a number of ways;
- Drop-in on a Wednesday evening at the Tesco Weston-super-Mare in-store café. Between 6.15pm and 7.45pm. Call 01275 546744 to arrange an appointment or have a chat. You will be seen 1:1 by one of our advisors.
- See our Health Trainers at the Town Hall, Weston-super-Mare on any weekday between 9am and 5pm. Call 01934 627 250 to arrange an appointment or have a chat. You will be seen 1:1 by one of our advisors.
- Come to our Stop Smoking Club at Badger Centre, Wadham Street, Weston-super-Mare on Wednesdays between 1-2pm.
- We can put you in touch with one of our 250 trained Support to Stop Smoking advisors in pharmacies, GP surgeries and community settings across the North Somerset region.
You can download contact numbers and further details for pharmacies, drop-ins and groups in the Weston-super-Mare area here. Email Smokefree North Somerset at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01275 546744. The NHS Smoking Helpline is 0800 022 4332.
Choices of medication;
The evidence shows that quitting smoking completely is the best option for your health. If you cut down on your smoking rather than stop, the associated health risks from smoking aren’t reduced.
Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT) come in a range of products and in varying strengths. They contain pure nicotine without the most damaging part of a cigarette, the tobacco. It’s the tobacco smoke which contains the 4000 toxic chemicals, tar and carbon monoxide which cause ill health and premature death. NRT has been rigorously tested and holds a medical licence to be used by anyone 12 years or older.
Champix is a prescription only medication that helps beat nicotine cravings. It’s not suitable for everybody and is either available from your GP or any Champix trained pharmacist. Our advisors will support you for 12 weeks while you’re using Champix.
E-cigarettes and vapourisers;
Electronic cigarettes (ECs) are devices that deliver nicotine to the user by heating and vapourising a solution that typically contains nicotine, propylene glycol and/or glycerol, plus flavours. As there is no combustion involved with the operation of electronic cigarettes, there is no smoke. In August 2015 Public Health England stated that electronic cigarettes are 95% less harmful to your health than normal cigarettes.
We are happy to give you with the same 12 weeks behavioural and motivational support if you’re smoking and want to use electronic cigarettes to stop. You can use NRT (mentioned above) at the same time. We cannot however provide or prescribe electronic cigarettes.
Smoking and pregnancy;
It can be hard to stop smoking when you’re pregnant because your metabolism is changing. However it’s really important to stop. Smoking whilst pregnant can lead to ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight, cot death, stillbirth, attention deficit disorder and many other illnesses and diseases.
Pregnant women always receive free medications and free support with our service. You can use any of the Nicotine Replacement Therapies apart from the liquorice flavoured gum. However if you use a nicotine patch you should take it off overnight. Download our Support to Stop Smoking in Pregnancy What You Should Know leaflet (pdf)
Hospital admissions and surgery;
If you’re expecting to go into hospital for an operation giving up smoking will help decrease your risk of complications, improve recovery & healing and help you leave hospital sooner. Hospital environments are totally Smokefree and this is soon to include all areas of the hospital grounds. Download our Stop Before Your Op and Get Well Sooner .