Monday, 4 January 2010


Every month, hundreds of children lose a loved one who dies from smoking and over 2,000 people die every week from smoking related diseases.

'Scared' is the latest 'Smokefree' TV advertising campaign, launched today by the Department of Health. 

If you are interested in quitting smoking, contact the NHS Smoking Helpline on 0800 169 0 169.

Visit the website for quit tools, help from Real Life Quitters and answers to your questions.

The NHS Smokefree campaign suggests the following top ten tips to help smokers on their path to become smokefree:

1. Order a free DVD from 0800 169 0 169 to find out about the full range of NHS support available to help you quit.

2. Get support from trained NHS advisers who can help you to understand your addiction and how to beat it.

3. Identify your smoking triggers and plan ahead. Try the Addiction Test at

4. Use nicotine replacement products or other stop smoking medicines to cope with the withdrawal symptoms. These are available on prescription from the NHS.

5. Sign up for free text and email alerts from the Together Programme with motivational tips and advice to keep you on track.

6. Avoid situations where you might be tempted to smoke again. Plan ahead to cope with the hard times.

7. Note how much cash youre saving. Work out how long it will take you to save for your dream purchase by using the calculator on

8. Use a carbon monoxide monitor to see for yourself how quickly your body recovers once you stop smoking. Local NHS Stop Smoking Services offer carbon monoxide monitoring as part of their stop smoking programmes.

9. Chuck out your ashtrays, matches and lighters and anything else you needed to smoke. Put potpourri where your ashtrays used to be your home will smell fresher in no time at all.

10. But most importantly, take it one day at a time and reward yourself every day.

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