Stopping smoking. It may not be easy – but it is possible!
If you’re a smoker, stopping smoking is the single most important step you can take to protect and improve your health.
Lots of useful information on how to stop smoking can be found by downloading the Stop Smoking booklet from the British Heart Foundation.
If you live in Leicestershire or Rutland you should contact the QuitReady smoking cessation service on 0345 646 66 66 or visit the QuitReady website. QuitReady provides free, confidential support from experienced advisors who can offer lots of ways to help you quit.
They can prescribe a range of medications designed to help you stop smoking, Medication will cost the price of a prescription but could be free of charge if you are exempt from prescription charges.
Advice for parents
If you are a parent or guardian with children and young people under the age of 18 living at home the best way to protect them from the harm caused by second hand smoke is to smoke completley outdoors and not let others smoke in your home.
A child that grows up in a smoking household is significantly more likely to become a smoker themselves with most starting before they are 16 years old and some as young as 10 or 11 years old.
From 1 October 2015 it is illegal to smoke in a vehicle with anyone under 18 years old present. It doesn't matter if they are the driver or a passenger if they are under 18 it is illegal to smoke in a vehicle.
It is also illegal for cigarettes or other smoking materials including electronic cigarettes to be sold to anyone under 18. It is also illegal for anyone over 18 to purchase cigarettes or other smoking materials including electronic cigarettes for anyone under 18 years old.
For more information visit the QuitReady website.
Last updated: Mon 22 July, 2019 @ 11:27