Remember, you are the only one!
Smokefree Southend Team provides free advice, support and information to any smoker living or working in Southend-on-Sea. There are 130 Level 2 Cigarette Smoking Specialist consultants currently involved in your local doctor’s surgeries at Pharmacies and Vape stores in South.
Stop the power
With proper support and medication, you are 3 times more likely to quit smoking. The chances of success for a single person without support are about 3%, so don’t delay and plan to quit today!
Smokefree Southend can point you directly;
- Experienced Nurse or Health Assistant in your local GP operation
- participating pharmacy
- vape store smoking cessation service
GP operations support
You can order help to stop smoking at your local surgery. Be sure to order with an Experienced Nurse or HCA trained as a smoking cessation specialist. You can discuss your options and then get a prescription for the drug of your choice. If you are not exempt, the usual prescription fees will apply.
A similar service is available at local participating pharmacies. You will only pay a one-time standard prescription fee for up to 10 weeks if you attend a weekly smokeless carbon monoxide reading. With the support of your local pharmacy, quitting smoking can be very flexible and you may not need to make an appointment for each visit.
Vape store support
The British Public Health reports that e-cigarettes and vaping are 95% less harmful than cigarettes. Nicotine itself is not so harmful, but the burning of tobacco and smoke produces resin and poison, carbon monoxide.
Electronic cigarettes and vaping are heating products and therefore do not burn, but you must clean and maintain your device to prevent the coil from burning. There are two trained Vape stores in Southend to deliver the exit program. They provide the same support as the pharmacy scheme, which also includes a weekly carbon monoxide test.
73 Hamlet Court Road
1101 London Road
Hospital admission / exit patient support
If you stop smoking before the operation, it can really improve your recovery and reduce the risk of complications. The sooner you stop smoking, the better. For example, if you stop 6 months before your procedure, you will reduce your postoperative risks to the same level as non-smokers. However, some hospital admissions are not planned, so you will be asked at the time of admission;
- do you smoke Yes No
- If the answer is yes, would you like to quit?
- the nurse / HCA will explain how you can try to quit
- the nurse will tell the counselor / physician that you want to register for Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).
Take positive steps to quit smoking and look forward to being healthier. Your nurse, doctor or counselor may refer you to the Non-Smoking Team. After discharge, a letter will be sent to your doctor for continued support.
Smoking is still the number one cause of preventable diseases and death in the UK. Inhalation of tobacco smoke lowers oxygen levels, which can lead to high blood pressure and thickening of the arteries. Toxins can reach all areas of the body, increasing the likelihood of poor health and respiratory conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cancer.
Remember that the benefits of quitting smoking are clear, the health benefits, the financial benefits, far outweigh the ill health and destruction of living with an preventable disease. We want to support our community to live a longer, happier and healthier life, so we want to make our services more visible and accessible.