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Stop smoking services

You can liaise with your Health Visitor/School Nurse/Family Support Worker in Hartlepool by calling (01429) 293888 E-cigarettes (vaping) are now one of the most popular aids for people trying to give up smoking, and they are proving effective in supporting quit attempts. Vaping poses only a small fraction of the risks of smoking and switching completely from smoking to vaping conveys substantial health benefits. A reputable e-cigarette retailer will: - Only sell to those over the age of 18 - Limit nicotine concentration (no more than 20 mg/ml) - Provide tamper-proof child resistant - refill containers - Include information on safe use, contraindications and adverse effects -Offer ingredients which are of high purity and not a risk to health -Not make unproven health claims Quit smoking websites and apps To assist you in your quit attempt an app or website can provide practical advice, encouragement and support. The following websites can offer you access to information on how to download an app to assist you in your journey towards a healthier you. www.smokefree.gov (A website offering support to all smokers) www.nhs.uk(www.nhs.uk/smokefree) (This offers support via a smartphone app, email programme, text messages and facebook page) www.ash.org.uk ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) www.quit.org.uk QUIT (A national charity that provides telephone and online support) www.nhs.uk/start4life (Smoking in pregnancy website) Call the free Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044. Nicotine Replacement Treatment Some people find nicotine cravings the hardest thing to handle about going smoke free. If that sounds like you, then no need to worry. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) will give you the extra support you need to beat the addictions. NRT doubles your chances of successfully going smoke-free by helping you manage your withdrawal symptoms. You can buy NRT at pharmacies and many supermarkets and it is suitable for most adults. However, if you have a heart or circulatory condition, or are on regular medication, you should check with your doctor or pharmacist before commencing use. Similarly, if you are pregnant you should ask your doctor, pharmacist or midwife before using NRT. Available products from pharmacies and supermarkets include chewing gum, patches, inhalators, lozenges, mouth sprays and nasal sprays.