Did you know?
- There are 112,000 smokers in Cambridgeshire. That’s 17.9% of the whole population!
- However, there is a difference across the county, from 11.5% in Cambridge to 29.5% in Fenland.
- About half of all regular cigarette smokers will eventually be killed by their addiction.
- Every year, over 100,000 smokers in the UK die from smoking-related causes.
- Smoking accounts for over one-third of respiratory deaths, over one-quarter of cancer deaths, and about one-seventh of cardiovascular disease deaths.
Quitting smoking can have a positive effect on your health in many different ways. For example, by stopping smoking you can positively improve:
- Back pain
- Childhood illness
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Vascular disease
Smoking in pregnancy
When you are planning a pregnancy, it is important that you are in good health. This contributes to the well being of the baby and also to your pregnancy.
It is recommended that you stop smoking during pregnancy. For help on stopping smoking contact 0800 018 4304 or visit CAMQUIT.
How to quit
Getting advice and support from a stop smoking advisor will increase your chances of success by four times and there are advisers based throughout Cambridgeshire within each GP surgery, many local pharmacies and within various community settings. CAMQUIT provides the service via a telephone counselling programme. Advice and support is free of charge.
Stop smoking advisers understand that stopping smoking is challenging and they will be able to guide you through a 12 week process and help you access suitable stop smoking medications (which improves success) via NHS prescriptions.
Last year the CAMQUIT advisors supported over 8000 local people with their quit attempts!