At Livewire Lifestyles you can see a local Stop Smoking Adviser face-to-face, and clinics are nearby and accessible. All the support you receive is free and you can choose between group support or one-to-one.
Call Livewire Lifestyles now on 0300 003 0818 or have a look at our website www.livewirewarrington.co.uk/lifestyles
Giving up is sometimes difficult on your own, willpower alone is not always enough. Livewire can give you motivational support, information and advice that can make a real difference.
The Stop Smoking Service is now providing:
- Group sessions: Small groups of people starting on the programme together with the support and guidance from the advisor.
- One-to-one: Advisor and patient.
- Out of hours service: For people who work during the day and are unable to make daytime appointments.
Stop smoking now and you will:
- Reduce stress
- Gain more energy
- Improve the condition of your skin, nails and hair
- Feel healthier
However long you have been smoking your body will benefit the minute you stop. When you stop, this is what happens:
- 20 minutes: Your blood pressure and pulse return to normal
- 8 hours: The nicotine and carbon monoxide in your blood reduces by half. Oxygen levels in your blood return to normal
- 1 day: Your body is clear of carbon monoxide and your lungs start to clear of tar
- 2 days: The nicotine in your body has disappeared. Food tastes nicer. Your sense of smell improves
- 3 days: You're less breathless and more energetic
- First 3 months: Walking and running is easier
- 3 - 9 months: Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve
- 1 year: Your risk of a heart attack is reduced by half
- 10 years: Your risk of getting cancer, stroke or chronic lung disease is reduced. Your risk of lung cancer is reduced by half. Your risk of a heart attack returns to the level of a non-smoker. If you have already suffered a heart attack your risk of a second attack is reduced by half.
Smoking and pregnancy
Smoking in pregnancy increases the risk of:
- Bleeding and miscarriage (27%)
- Placental abruption and ectopic pregnancy
- Stillbirth (33%)
- Eclampsia (500%)
- Premature rupture of membranes and premature birth
- Baby is smaller and weaker than it should be
- Serious respiratory infection (50%)
- Sudden infant death (25%)
- Developing asthma and other allergies
- Contracting meningitis and an ear infection – possibility of this resulting in hearing problems and learning difficulties
- Problems keeping warm and being prone to infections both during and after labour
More than 17,000 children under the age of 5 are admitted to hospital every year because of the effects of second-hand smoke.
To help you quit you can use Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). There are many pharmacies and drop-in clinics which give you the help and support you need to successfully quit smoking as well as advice on Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).
NRT is available on the NHS prescription scheme so is free for pregnant women. Those not eligible for free prescriptions can get 8 weeks of NRT for the price of one prescription charge.
Pre-conception for smokers
Women who smoke are over three times more likely to take over one year to conceive and smoking can significantly reduce fertility in men.
IVF is 2x more likely to be successful for non-smokers.
Warrington Stop Smoking Pregnancy Service
If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant you or your partner can come and talk to us for a free one to one, friendly advice and support session to help you quit.