It's never too late to go smoke free.
Giving up smoking means you’ll live longer, feel healthier, and have more money. No matter what age you are when you stop, the benefits can be seen almost immediately, and the chances of developing cancer, heart disease and lung disease reduce significantly. If you want to make a real difference to your overall health, visit NHS Choices and One you – smoking for more tips, online tools, and general advice on stopping smoking. A 20-a-day smoker can save around £3,103 a year from giving up smoking.
There's no doubt that breathing in other people's smoke causes harm especially to children but small changes such as taking seven steps out of your home before smoking can make a real difference.
Smokefree Families aims to protect children and families from the harmful effects of second hand smoke by raising awareness. There are free resources available to anyone or any organisation in Middlesbrough interested in learning more about second-hand smoke.
Stop smoking services
South Tees Stop Smoking Service offers specialist stop smoking advice and support to smokers from across Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland who want to quit. Every year the service helps hundreds of local people to give up smoking.
Specialist stop smoking advisors will work with you to find what works best for you, offering everything from intensive support, group sessions, one-to-one appointments, and drop-in sessions, all delivered locally. The service is also e-cigarette friendly. If you're using an e-cigarette, the service will fully support you with the use of those products to help you quit smoking.
You can also ask for help from your GP, pharmacist or another healthcare professional who may offer an in-house stop smoking service, or will alternatively refer you to the specialist service.
Visit South Tees Stop Smoking Service online for more information.