We are currently updating our health promotion records and offering advice on certain conditions. At the Practice you can have access to a GP or nurse to help you quit smoking. There are many aids to help you, such as: patches, tablets and gum etc.
Smoking cessation is associated with the following health benefits:
- Smoking cessation lowers the risk for lung and other types of cancer.
- Smoking cessation reduces the risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Coronary heart disease risk is substantially reduced within 1 to 2 years of cessation.
- Smoking cessation reduces respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. The rate of decline in lung function is slower among persons who quit smoking.
- Smoking cessation reduces the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
- Smoking cessation by women during their reproductive years reduces the risk for infertility. Women who stop smoking during pregnancy also reduce their risk of having a low birth weight baby.
If you would be interested in receiving help to give up smoking please contact the surgery and make an appointment so we can start you on a smoking cessation programme. Feel free to contact the surgery and update your records if you are now an ex-smoker.
Last updated: 01/03/2013