About 28% of adults in the UK smoke. Smoking causes 120,000 deaths in the UK each year. A man aged 50 who smokes 20 a day is four times more likely to die from heart disease than a non-smoker of the same age. Lung cancer kills 38,000 people a year in the UK. Each cigarette shortens your life by five to six minutes.
It is never too late to stop smoking. The effects that smoking has on your body range from reducing your sense of taste and smell to considerably increasing your risk of most types of cancer. As soon as you stop smoking your body can begin to repair some of the damage that smoking has done and your risks of some conditions begin to fall.
Catherine House Surgery offers an in-house smoking cessation service. In recent years the choice of treatments that people can access to help then stop smoking has significantly increased - there is more available than just patches.
People require different levels of support and different treatments. At our nurse-led smoking cessation appointments you will encounter a sympathetic ear in addition to practical advice and an individually tailored plan for achieving your aim.
Information about the medication used to help smokers quit can be found by clicking the links below. It is often useful to do this prior to your clinic appointment, as you will then be aware of the type of options open to you:
Nicotine replacement therapy
Helping to stop with varenicline (champix)