Becoming smokefree can be hard, even if you don’t smoke every day. The good news is that there’s lots of free advice and support available to help you quit.
* When you quit smoking you’ll enjoy many benefits like:
* Your sense of taste will return and you will enjoy the taste of food more.
* The appearance of your skin and teeth will improve.
* You’ll be more confident in social situations because you won’t smell of stale smoke any more
* Your breathing and general fitness will improve
* You will save money
If you are at school you have two options for free, confidential, friendly and non-judgemental support to quit – your school nurse or Urban Heard. If you’ve left school and are aged 18 or under then Urban Heard is there to support you.
Your School Nurse
Based in your school at least one day per week, your school nurse can offer free, confidential advice and support, including Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) on prescription, to help you quit. Speak to your school reception to find out which day your school nurse is available.
This organisation offers drop-in information clinics in colleges or community settings for anyone aged 18 or under, together with NRT on prescription. They can also offer confidential one-to-one appointments in schools.
During school and college holidays Urban Heard can be contacted directly on 07957 091049 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
NRT gives your body the nicotine it craves without the toxic chemicals you get in cigarettes, so it doesn’t cause cancer. There are five types available – patches, gum, lozenges, inhalator, mouth or nasal spray.
However, NRT doesn’t eliminate the cravings completely, so it’s important to attend appointments or drop-in clinics for help and support to quit.