Smoking

Quitting smoking isn't easy, but when you see the drastic improvements to your life and health it is really motivating. 78% of adults in Caerphilly county borough don't smoke. 

Whatever your reason – if you’re a smoker who wants to quit or you know someone who would like to give up, this website is full of information and advice as well as tips and tricks about how to give up smoking for good!

Improve your health

  • Smoking kills around 5,500 people in Wales each year.
  • Reduce your risk of illness, disability or death caused by cancer, heart disease and lung diseases.
  • Protect the health of the people you care about by not making them breathe your secondhand smoke.
  • Improve your fertility and your chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby.
  • Improve your breathing and general fitness.
  • Enjoy the taste of food more.
  • Feel more attractive and confident.

Click here to read The effects of smoking on the body (PDF, 85Kb)

What is second hand smoke ?

Want to know more about E cigs Click here

 

Helpful Tips 

 

Reasons to Quit

Write down why you want to give up.
Just imagine when you go smokefree, how much extra money will be in your pocket. It's amazing to think about how much money you have wasted over the years on smoking.

Our calculator will show you just how much money you could save in a year. Click here

Understand the problem

Cigarettes contain nicotine, which is a powerful and addictive drug. This is why many people find it hard to quit smoking, it might take more than attempt to quit but keep trying!

Set a quit date

Decide on a date when you will stop smoking. New Year's Day is popular,  so is No Smoking Day - the second Wednesday in March or Stoptober

Get professional help

Stop Smoking Wales (0800 085 2219) provides specially trained staff to offer guidance, advice, information and support on a one-to-one, group or social media basis across Wales.

More information is available on the Stop Smoking Wales information page.

Think about nicotine replacement therapy

It can help if you ease the withdrawal symptoms with nicotine replacement therapy. Get advice from your GP or community pharmacist.

Involve family and friends

Ask your family and friends for support. If you live with someone else that smokes, it's easier to quit if you do it together.

Prepare yourself

Nicotine withdrawal may make you restless or irritable. The first few days may be difficult but people usually start to feel better after the third or fourth day.

Be clear about the benefits.

Stopping smoking has many benefits, lots of which happen within 48 hours of quitting. The longer you stop, the better you will feel.
Click here for more information on the Benefits of quitting (PDF, 13Kb).

Avoid temptation

In the first few days after you have quit, change your routine to avoid situations where you would usually smoke. For example If you are upset or under pressure, fight off the temptation to smoke by taking deep breaths or go for a walk. Remember that cravings only last for a few minutes.

Treat yourself

Plan a reward for the end of your first smoke-free day, week or month - perhaps by using the money you have saved.

Don’t give up giving up

Don’t worry if this attempt doesn't succeed. Many former smokers had to try several times before they gave up smoking for good. Even if you haven't managed it this time, you've probably learnt some things that will put you in a better position next time. One in four adults in Wales is an ex-smoker, so it can be done!

For a helpful booklet full of handy tips and a quit plan click here.

The myths

We all know that smoking is bad for us. But sometimes it is easier to believe the various myths and half-truths that surround smoking than to accept that it is time to quit. Click here for the truth about those myths (PDF, 1.8Mb)