When you smoke, it damages your immune system and reduces your body’s defenses against infections such as coronavirus (COVID-19).
Therefore, smokers are at greater risk:
- get serious respiratory infections
- infections that last longer and are more serious than non-smokers
It’s never too late to quit, and as soon as you quit, your body begins to repair itself.
Live Life Better Derbyshire offers a free, 12-week smoking cessation service that includes:
- telephone and digital support
- free nicotine replacement therapy and access to prescription drugs to stop smoking
- tips, best tips and print sources
- Friendly, supportive Facebook community group
For more information, call Live Life Better Derbyshire tel: 0800 085 2299 or 01629 538200.
Learn about the health benefits of quitting and, of course, the money you can save.
Quitting smoking is the best thing you and your partner can do for your baby. Visit our Pregnancy Smoking page dedicated to helping expectant mothers quit smoking.
There are many other tools, supports and aids on offer. Visit our useful tools page to learn more.
I want to go out – what’s next?
Did you know that you are four times more likely to quit smoking with the help of your local smoking cessation service?
At Live Life Better Derbyshire, we provide support, help and advice to help you make a successful exit.
We know that quitting smoking is not easy, but our friendly smoking cessation counselors will support you with tips, information and advice on the range of smoking cessation medications available to you.
Live Life Better Derbyshire supports smokers aged 12 and over living in Derbyshire.
What we offer:
- phone support sessions
- individual support
- access to free nicotine replacement therapy, including patches, mouthwash, chewing gum, inhalers and lozenges
- Introduction to prescription Champix smoking cessation drugs
- Tips for quitting smoking
- useful tools to help you get out
Who can participate?
To participate in our free smoking cessation program, you need:
- Being over 12 and living in Derbyshire (excluding Derby)
- I want to stop smoking completely
- be prepared to meet with your smoking cessation counselor on agreed dates and hours
How can I join?
If you would like to participate in Live Life Better’s smoking cessation program, you can call Live Life Better Derbyshire by calling 0800 0852299.
Stop smoking drugs
Nicotine is extremely addictive, and this is the main reason why people struggle to stop smoking.
Your Live Life Better Derbyshire consultant will talk about medications to stop smoking and help you choose the right product.
We offer two different drugs to stop smoking – nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and Vareniklin, known as Champix. Detailed information is added to this page.
NRT is a drug that gives you a small amount of nicotine, but does not contain resin, carbon monoxide and other chemicals in tobacco smoke.
This can help reduce the side effects of smoking cessation, such as the bad mood and desire that can occur when you quit smoking.
NRT is available in a number of forms, including patches, chewing gum, inhalers, and oral sprays.
Varenicline, brand name Champix, is a drug that works in two ways.
Like NRT, it reduces nicotine cravings, while also blocking the rewarding and invigorating effects of smoking.
This is a prescription drug only and your doctor should evaluate your suitability for use.
To quit smoking, your counselor will discuss with you which product is better for you to quit smoking.
There are currently no prescription e-cigarettes, so Live Life Better Derbyshire does not currently offer e-cigarettes to its customers.
Consultants can only discuss licensed medications. However, if you want to use e-cigarettes, we can still offer support to help you set a release date and stop.
Additional information is available on the NHS Smokefree website.
Stay safe online
Although our face-to-face services are not currently available, there are many courses, sessions and organizations that offer online advice and assistance.
But be careful when clicking on any link or website and make sure you are safe and free from fraud.
Visit Get Safe Online for the latest help and information.