Smoking is estimated to cause the death of over 120,000 people every year in the UK. It is the cause of 1 in 5 of all male deaths and 1 in 10 of all female deaths.
It has been linked to countless conditions, including numerous terminal illnesses such as lung cancer, emphysema, heart disease and many other serious health problems such as depression, infertility, impotence and insomnia. The World Health Organisation estimates that 5.4 million deaths worldwide are caused by tobacco and this will rise to 8.3 million by 2030. Every 6.5 seconds a current or former smoker dies.
Over sixty of these have now been demonstrated to be carcinogenic (cancer causing).
Some examples of these chemicals include cadmium (a highly toxic metal), acetone (used as a nail-
The majority of smokers when asked will say that they do want to quit and that they are aware that smoking is extremely damaging to their health.
The good news for smokers is that there is now more support than ever before for
people looking to kick the habit, both in the form of information and products designed
to reduce cravings and stave off withdrawal symptoms. One key development has been
the introduction of nicotine-
The general principal of all of these therapies is to supply a quitting smoker with a level of nicotine in their blood while they are quitting, helping reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms and cravings whilst a smoker breaks the psychological habit of smoking.
NRT begins with a smoker calculating their dependence upon nicotine. This is calculated by answering simple questions about the number of cigarettes you smoke per day and of your smoking habits such as whether you smoke ﬁrst thing upon waking for example. Once you have identified your ' level of nicotine addiction', you can choose whether or not to use gum, patches, an inhalator etc. Some quitters try a variety of products before settling upon their preferred option. In certain circumstances more than one type of NRT product can be used together, ask your pharmacist for advice.
In smokers who are determined to quit, NRT has been shown to double the quitting success rate versus will power alone. You can talk to your pharmacist about NRT.
There are now also a number of help-
The NHS offers both a help-
Many pharmacists also run comprehensive smoking cessation programs and will be able to help people looking to quit.
If you have decided to quit consider these helpful tips:
For further advice on stopping smoking consult your local community pharmacy.
The information provided on this website does not replace medical advice.
If you want to find out more, or are worried about any medical issue or symptoms that you may be experiencing, please contact your local community pharmacist or see your doctor