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Giving up smoking is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health.

Everyone has their own reasons for giving up smoking. Whether you want to improve your health, be able to play football with your grandchildren, save money, or be finally free from nicotine addiction, its never too late to quit and there has never been as much support to help you quit as there is today!

Adults in North Lincolnshire can access support from North Lincolnshire Healthy Lifestyle Service to stop smoking. After an initial one-to-one assessment with one of the Healthy Lifestyle Facilitators you may receive help to access nicotine replacement, set a quit date and supported in your journey to becoming smoke free.

All pregnant women who smoke are referred to the stop smoking service at time of booking and will be contacted by a member of the North Lincolnshire Healthy Lifestyle Service. There are a range of options available to suit pregnant women including hospital clinics, community clinics and support groups for pregnant women.

Speak to your midwife about getting support or have a look at the links below. 

https://www.facebook.com/Healthylifestylesservice 

https://www.northlincs.gov.uk/people-health-and-care/north-lincolnshire-healthy-lifestyle-service/ 

North East Lincolnshire

If you need support to quit smoking in North East Lincolnshire, please get in touch. Someone from the Wellbeing service will talk you through your options, and arrange to talk with you and your partner and family as appropriate. Currently we are operating services virtually, via text, via email and via WhatsApp due to COVID-19 restrictions, and will not normally provide home visits. 

https://www.nelincs.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/smoking/

https://www.nelincs.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-wellbeing-service-support-for-quitting-smoking/

Other parts of Lincolnshire

If you live elsewhere in Lincolnshire, you can check here to see what other services might be nearer to you.

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Myth buster

Myth: I only smoke light cigarettes, so it’s not as bad...

FACT

Smokers who switch to ‘light’ or ‘mild’ brands end up compensating for lower levels of tar and nicotine by inhaling smoke more deeply or by smoking more of each cigarette. If you smoke light cigarettes, you will still be putting harmful chemicals into your body.

Myth: I'm pregnant and have been smoking, so there is no point in stopping now.

FACT

Quitting smoking at any stage of your pregnancy has health benefits for you and your baby. Even after just one day of not smoking, your baby will get more oxygen. This will help your baby’s lungs develop well. Quitting now also lowers your chances of having a baby with low birth weight.

Myth: Quitting smoking will be too stressful on my baby.

FACT

Quitting smoking doesn’t put extra stress on your baby. It’s one of the best things that you can do for your health and your baby’s health during pregnancy—and after the baby is born. By quitting smoking now, you will be protecting your infant from the dangers of secondhand smoke and reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. 

Myth: Smoking fewer cigarettes during pregnancy is OK.

FACT

There is no safe amount of smoking. Every puff of a cigarette releases harmful chemicals that will reach your baby and affect your health too. 

E-cigarettes are also not harmless as they do contain some toxins, but at far lower levels than found in tobacco smoke. If you are pregnant and smoking cigarettes choosing to vape instead may help you to quit smoking and stay smoke free, 

 

Myth: Smoking relaxes me, and being relaxed is better for me and my baby.

FACT

Smoking may make you feel calmer, but it hurts your body more than it helps. The relaxed feeling is only temporary and whatever is causing your stress will likely return. Smoking speeds up your heart rate and increases your blood pressure. It also increases the carbon monoxide in your bloodstream, which means your baby gets less oxygen. 

Myth: There is nothing wrong with having a small baby.

FACT

Smoking during pregnancy increases the chances of having a low birth weight baby. Babies with low birth weight are more likely to have serious health problems than normal weight babies. These problems can affect your baby’s health now, throughout their childhood, and into adulthood. 

Myth: I smoked during my last pregnancy and had a healthy baby, so this next baby will be healthy too.

FACT

Every time you smoke during pregnancy, you put your baby’s health at risk. If you smoked and had a healthy pregnancy in the past that does not mean your next one will be healthy, too.

Using hookah pipes (hubbly bubbly) is less harmful than cigarette smoking.

FACT

Water pipe smokers, and secondhand smokers exposed to them, are at risk of the same kinds of diseases that are caused by cigarette smoking, including cancer, heart and respiratory diseases, as well as adverse effects during pregnancy.

A World Health Organisation study has suggested that during 1 session on a water pipe (around 20 to 80 minutes), a person can inhale the same amount of smoke as a cigarette smoker consuming 100 or more cigarettes.

bear-iconWhy quit

Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for you and your baby’s health. At Bump The Habit, we realise it’s a stressful time for you and we are here to give you all the support and help that you need. We offer home visits that work around you and we can also support o ther members of your family to quit at the same time.

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Your pregnancy: complications may include bleeding, detachment of the placenta and ectopic pregnancy. The risk of miscarriage and premature birth is also greater

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Your birth: chance of stillbirth or death within the first week of life is increased by up to one third

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Your baby: on average babies born to women who smoke have low birth weights and are more prone to illness and infections. Your baby is also more likely to suffer defects, such as a cleft palate

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Your child: on average, children born to smokers are smaller, have lower achievements in reading and maths and an increased risk of asthma. Your child is also three times as likely to become a smoker themselves

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New you: stop now and see the effects almost immediately; the carbon monoxide and other chemicals quickly leave your body increasing the oxygen in your blood which supplies your baby

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