Health and Wellbeing

Smoking

Smoking can be very hard to give up, but if you are a smoker, it is one of the most effective things you can do for your long term health and wellbeing and for your budget! If you are an occasional or social smoker, take this opportunity to kick the habit before you get truly hooked.

Why give up?

Smoking brings with it both short term and long term risks and side effects:

  • Bad breath
  • Discoloured teeth and hands
  • An unpleasant odour
  • Premature ageing
  • Unnecessary expense
  • Weakened immune system leaving you susceptible to illness, particularly coughs and throat infections
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dulled senses of smell and taste
  • Low energy levels
  • Increased stress levels
  • Social exclusion -  you constantly need to pop outside for a cigarette
  • High risk of cancer and heart disease
  • Decreased fertility and impotence
  • Premature aging of the skin by up to 20 years
  • Cellulite and body fat around the waist
  • Can affect the health of those around you through passive smoking

To calculate the money you would save by giving up smoking, visit Smokefree

If you give up smoking the benefits to your health begin almost immediately.

  • after one month your skin will be clearer, brighter and more hydrated
  • after three to nine months your breathing will have improved, and you will no longer have a cough or wheeze
  • after one year your risk of heart attack and heart disease will have fallen to about half that of a smoker

Support if you want to quit

  • GP Service

    Your doctor (General Practitioner) can provide help and advice about quitting and can refer you to an NHS Stop Smoking support service. These services offer the best support for people who want to give up smoking. Studies show that you are four times more likely to quit smoking if you do it through the NHS.

  • Smoking Cessation Service

    Brighton& Hove Smoking Cessation Service

    Advice and help with smoking cessation based at The Royal Sussex County Hospital, for further information please contact the smoking cessation specialist. Clinics are held throughout Brighton and Hove city during the day and evening. Specialist areas include support for Smoking in Pregnancy and for In-Patients.

    Royal Sussex County Hospital
    Smoking Cessation Clinic
    Eastern Road
    Brighton
    East Sussex
    BN2 5BE [map]

    01273 696955 Ext.7445
    01273 676345

    Disabled toilet, flat access and clear signs.

    Contact Anna Fairhurst, Advice and help with smoking cessation based at The Royal Sussex County Hospital, for further information: T 01273 267397 or 267390 E anna.fairhurstbsuh.nhs.uk

  • Stop Smoking Brighton and Hove

    The service will see anyone who wants advice about and support with stopping smoking. Stopping smoking is the single most important change any smoker can do to improve their health and it also has a positive impact on personal finances as well! Working with the Stop Smoking Service greatly improves your chances of quitting successfully

    The Bungalow Administrative Base
    Glynde Building
    Brighton General Hospital
    Elm Grove
    Brighton
    BN2 3EW
    T 01273 267397 (24 hour answer phone service)
    Opening Hours

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 5pm
    Wednesday 9:30am to 3:30pm

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