Smoking is still the leading cause of death and disease and inequality in health, and kills more than 100,000 people in the UK every year.

Studies show that smokers need care on average nine years earlier than non-smokers.

Smoking is bad for your health, but how will quitting improve your life? Here are 10 ways to improve your health when you quit smoking:

  1. You will breathe easier
  2. Gives you more energy
  3. You will feel less stress
  4. It can lead to better sex
  5. Can improve productivity
  6. Improves smell & taste
  7. Stop smoking for younger looking skin
  8. Ex-smokers have white teeth and their breath is sweeter
  9. Quit smoking to live longer
  10. Non-smoking home protects your loved ones

Read more about the health benefits on the NHS Quit Smoking page

Facts about smoking in York and North Yorkshire

Smoking continues to be a major cause of premature death and preventable diseases in York and North Yorkshire.

Although smoking rates have declined in recent years, more than one in ten locals still smoke. A similar proportion of pregnant women smoke, and this figure has remained static over the past decade, well above the national target of 6%.

Between 2017 and 2019, 3,057 deaths and 7,874 hospitalizations in York and North Yorkshire were caused by smoking.

Combating smoking and tobacco use in York Valley

As local health commissioners, we have joined the Coalition for Non-Smoking Action to demonstrate our commitment to combating health inequalities and premature deaths.

We have also joined the North Yorkshire Tobacco Control Strategy for 2015-25.

Help me quit smoking

Smokers who join the smoking cessation service are three times more likely to quit. You can call the national helpline at 0300 123 1044 or visit the Smokefree website, where experienced counselors will familiarize smokers with smoking cessation options and point to local support for smoking cessation in your area.

Local Smoking Cessation Services

All Vale of York residents can get free professional support to stop smoking. There are a number of supports available, including weekly free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) clinics, group sessions, online support, or weekly one-on-one meetings.

Local experts trained in smoking cessation will assess nicotine intake and habits, provide advice on available over-the-counter medications, provide smoking cessation kits with tips and advice, and share phone programs and online support. If you have mobility problems and want face-to-face support, home visits are also available. If you are pregnant and want to go out, you can go directly to the service or the midwife can contact you.

All counselors have received special training on smoking during pregnancy and offer one-on-one services to pregnant women who smoke and their partners.

Over-the-counter products can also be purchased from public pharmacies.

For advice on quitting smoking in York, contact the York City Council Health Trainer Service:

Contact the NYCC Service for advice on quitting smoking:

Contact East Riding Health Trainer Service for advice on quitting smoking:

Breathe 2025

Our local government partners support the new Decade Breathe 2025 campaign, which aims to create a smoke-free future for children. The vision is to see future generations of children born and raised in a tobacco-free environment.

The campaign hopes to achieve its goal through various initiatives and calls on people and organizations to support it with simple, practical actions. You can download a resource package to support Breathe and provide your support.

Other useful sources of information

Smoking and Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, it is more important to stop smoking. Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of infant death by 40 percent and can lead to many other problems, such as an increased risk of miscarriage or low birth weight.

Quitting smoking will immediately benefit both you and your baby. Harmful gases such as carbon monoxide and other harmful chemicals will be removed from your body. When you stop smoking:

  • there will be fewer complications in pregnancy;
  • you are more likely to have a healthier pregnancy and a healthier baby;
  • you will reduce the risk of stillbirth;
  • you will cope better with the birth;
  • your baby is less likely to be born prematurely and often has to deal with additional breathing, nutrition and health problems associated with premature birth;
  • Your baby is less likely to be born underweight: babies of women who smoke are on average 200 g (about 8 oz) lighter than other babies, which can cause problems during and after birth, for example, they are more likely to have storage problems. hot and more prone to infection;
  • You will reduce the risk of crib death, also known as sudden infant death.

Quitting smoking will also benefit your baby later in life. Children whose parents smoke are more likely to suffer from asthma and other more serious illnesses that need hospital treatment.

Stop smoking before surgery

It is very important to stop smoking before the operation. Although you may feel fit and healthy as a smoker, research shows that patients who smoke experience potentially serious complications both during and after surgery.

After surgery, there are more smokers than non-smokers and non-smokers:

  • presence of pulmonary, circulatory and infectious complications;
  • decreased bone aggregation and impaired wound healing;
  • should be placed in the intensive care unit;
  • increased risk of nosocomial death; and
  • hospital stay increases.

Stop before your op

“Stop before your surgery” is CCG’s smoking cessation policy for Vale of York. It is an evidence-based and part of the Tobacco Harm Reduction Strategy.

A policy to allow patients to benefit from smoking cessation advice and support is likely to delay access to selective procedures by at least 12 weeks.

Patients will not be denied surgery at any point. The policy encourages smoking cessation treatment as part of the patient’s journey to reduce the serious risks associated with surgery for smokers.