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Wednesday 14 March 2018 is National No Smoking Day and with all NHS buildings going Smoke Free by the end of the month, this is a good opportunity to make use of all the help on offer to quit for good. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust says that in order to provide a cleaner, safer environment that promotes good health and reduces harm from exposure to secondhand smoke, all local hospitals in North Tyneside and Northumberland will be completely smokefree from 2018. This means that smoking will not be permitted in buildings, grounds or vehicles and all smoking areas will be removed. Read FAQs here.

Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do to improve your health. Whether you decide to go it alone, or get help from a professional, there’s plenty of support and advice available.

The Northumbria NHS Trust Stop Smoking Service has trained advisors who will offer free friendly support and advice to help you stop smoking. Your advisor can also recommend the most appropriate medication to help you deal with any cravings.

To make an appointment contact your local advisor between 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday on: 01670 813135. You can leave an answer phone message outside of these times and an advisor will get back to you.

There is also a free national helpline: 0800 022 4332.

Stopping smoking for 28 days or more means you’re five times more likely to stop for good and last year over 160,000 people successfully quit in the in the nation’s biggest mass participation stop smoking challenge ever.

The NHS Choices website provides excellent advice and useful videos which explain the importance and benefits of quitting smoking, as does the NHS Smokefree campaign. Here you can sign up for free support in the form of daily emails, texts, telephone as well as face to face advice.

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Below is information, taken from the NHS smoke free website, about what happens to your body when you quit smoking:

  • After 20 minutes

    Pulse rate returns to normal.

  • After 8 hours

    Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by more than half and oxygen levels return to normal.

  • After 48 hours

    Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.

  • After 64 hours

    There is no nicotine in the body. Ability to taste and smell is improved.


    Breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.

  • AFTER 2-12 WEEKS

    Your circulation improves.


    Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%.


    Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.

  • After 1 year

    Risk of heart disease is about half compared with a person who is still smoking.

  • After 10 years

    Risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smokers increase.

  • After 15 years

    Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.

Useful websites for stop smoking help and information

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