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Smokefree

To enable us to provide a safe environment that promotes health and reduces harm from exposure to second hand smoke, our practice is now  completely smokefree. This means that smoking is not permitted within the building, grounds or vehicles.

As an NHS organisation, we have a duty to protect and care for the health and wellbeing of our patients, staff and visitors. Many of the people who access our services are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of second hand smoke, such as pregnant women, babies, children and those with medical conditions.

We recognise that smoking is personal choice and we do not discriminate against those who choose to do so. However we ask that you help us keep our practice and grounds smokefree to protect others. If anyone is seen smoking on the premises, our staff have the right to respectfully request for them to stop and extinguish their cigarette.

We know that many people are giving up smoking by switching to e-cigarettes and these have been proven to be an effective way of helping people to quit smoking completely. As e-cigarettes do not expose others to second hand smoke and offer a less harmful alternative to smoking their use is permitted within the grounds of our sites, but their use is not permitted indoors.

We went completely smokefree on 1 October 2018.
We are a health promoting organisation and are committed to protecting and improving the health and wellbeing of all employees, patients and visitors.
 
Smoking is the leading cause of premature death in the UK.  Exposure to secondhand smoke also causes disease and premature death among non-smokers and even brief exposure can cause immediate harm.  Many of the people who use our services such as pregnant women, babies and children and people with medical conditions are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of exposure to tobacco smoke. As an NHS organisation, we have a duty to protect and care for both the health and well being of our patients. Being smokefree reflects our commitment and responsibility for improving health and wellbeing.
Being smokefree means that smoking is not permitted at the practice - this includes buildings, grounds and vehicles
We know that lots of smokers want support to stop and that refraining from smoking can be very difficult. Smokers are four times more likely to stop smoking with the use of Nicotine Replacement products and NHS support.

Our staff are being trained to help smokers refrain from smoking. Any patient who is identitifed as a smoker  will be offered nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) in the form of patches and inhalator and will be offered a referral for ongoing support.
The Department of Health recommends that you are four times more likely to quit smoking if you use a combination of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and support from a trained stop smoking adviser. Details of where to get support to stop smoking are at bottom of this page.
Nicotine is what people get addicted to when smoking. It is relatively harmless – but the chemicals added to cigarettes are the ones that cause the harm. There are around 4000 of these and they are what lead to the health issues associated with smoking including cancer, heart disease and stroke.

NRT products are designed to help smokers tackle their dependence on nicotine. Nicotine in the products (like gum or patches) provides a lower dose than that in cigarettes, and they don’t contain the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes.

There are a variety of NRT products and medication available to help manage cravings and nicotine withdrawal. NRT has been tested extensively and all products approximately double the chance of long term abstinence from smoking when compared to having no support. You are four times more likely to be successful in stopping smoking if you use combination NRT alongside support from a trained stop smoking adviser.
E-cigarettes are battery powered devices that deliver nicotine via inhaled vapour. They do not contain tobacco, so the user is not exposed to poisonous gases that are in tobacco smoke and are reported to be up to 95% less harmful than cigarettes. E-cigarettes do not expose others to the harmful effects associated with second hand smoke.

The practice supports the use of e-cigarettes in the grounds but not inside of the building.

These devices  work well on their own or can be used alongside NRT and having support from a trained stop smoking adviser alongside the use of NRT and/or e-cigarettes greatly increases your chances of success in quitting.
There are many benefits in not smoking both to the smoker, their family and loved ones and the wider community. Some of the benefits of not smoking can affect the body very quickly:

  • After 20 minutes blood pressure and heart rate can return to normal
  • After 8 hours nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood half and oxygen levels return to normal
  • After 1 day lungs start to clear and carbon monoxide levels return to normal
  • After 2 days ability to smell and taste are improved
  • After 3 days breathing becomes easier and energy levels improve
  • After 3 – 9 months lung function improves by 10% and there is  improvement with coughing,  breathing and  wheezing
  • After 5 years risk of stroke returns to that of a non smoker
  • After 10 years risk of lung cancer returns to that of a non smoker

Support to stop smoking  

All patients accessing our services will be asked about their smoking status and those who do smoke will be offered advice and support to help refrain from smoking.  This will include a referral for on-going support for those who wish to give up smoking on a permanent basis and access to Nicotine Replacement Therapy during their admission.

 

For further advice and support to stop smoking contact:

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