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Wolsingham Surgery 29 Market Place Wolsingham, DL13 3AB

Tuesdays 10am-11.30am Advisor: Lisa Moore. Refistered with GP only

Hamsteels Community Centre Western Avenue, Esh Winning, DH7 9LS

Drop in, Tuesdays 5.30pm-6.30pm. Advisor: Derek Carrott

Newton Aycliffe Family Centre Stephenson Way, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, DL5 7DD

CLINIC FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND THEIR PARTNERS. Drop in Fridays 10am-11.30am Advisor Craig Lee

Fellrose Surgery Craghead Road, Pelton Fell, Chester-Le-Street, DH2 2NH

Mondays 9.30am-10.30am, Advisor: Lynne Teasdale Registered with G.P only

Lavender Centre, Pelton Lane, Chester-Le-Street DH2 1HS

Wednesdays 2pm-4 pm. Advisor: Lisa Moore. Registered with G.P surgery only.

Old Forge Surgery Hill Terrace, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0QE

Mondays 2-4pm. Advisor: Julie Englund. Refgistered with G.P only . Telephone 01833 640217 for an appointment

Seaham Library Sophia Street Seaham SR7 7JN

Mondays 10.30am-11.30am, Drop in, Advisor Lauren Conway 

Tesco Durham ( mobile clinic) Car Park, Dragonsville Industrial Estate, Dragon Lane, DH1 2XH

Mobile clinic Mondays 11am-12.30pm. Drop in. Advisor: Derek Carrott

Annfield Plain Surgery Annfield Plain, Stanley, DH9 7DT

Wednesdays 9am-11.30am , Advisor Barbara Broadfoot. Registered with G.P only

Blackhall and Peterlee Practice Hesleden Road, Blackhall, County Durham TS27 4LQ

Wednesdays 10am-12pm. Advisor Lisa Moore. Registered with GP only

The Venue Wear Road, Stanley DH9 6LU, UK

Drop in : Wednesdays 5.30pm-6.30pm Advisor Lisa Moore

Crook Library Civic Centre, North Terrace, Crook, DL15 9ES

Thursday 5.00pm-6.30pm. Advisor: Julie Englund

Drop in

Claypath and University Surgery 26 Gilesgate, Durham, DH1 1QW

Tuesday 1.30pm-4pm. Advisor Lynne Teasdale. Registered with G.P only

Mackenzie House Surgery Newhouse Road, Esh Winning, Durham, DH7 9LA

Wednesday 9.00am-12.00pm, Advisor Gillian Watson, Registered with G.P only

Skerne Medical Group Sedgefield TS21 3BN

Tuesdays 2pm-6pm Advisor Sharon Morton. Registered with G.P only

Tow Law Surgery Charlton House, Rear High Street, Tow Law, DL13 4DH

Mondays 9.30am-12pm Advisor Julie Englund, Registered with G.P only

Brandon Lane Surgery Brandon Lane DH7 8SJ

Wednesdays 9.30am-11.15am. Advisor: Julie Englund. Registered with G.P

Woodview Medical Centre 12 The Green, Cockfield, Bishop Auckland DL13 5AF
Appointments only, registered with GP

Willington Medical Group Chapel St, Willington, Crook DL15 0EQ

Monday 1.00pm-4.00pm Fridays 9.00am-12pm, Advisor Kathryn Lewis Appointment Only: Registered with G.P

St. Helens Surgery - Auckland Medical Group 16 Manor Rd, St Helen Auckland, Bishop Auckland DL14 9EP

Friday, 12:15-16:15 Advisor: Lauren Conway Appointment only: Registered with GP 01388604163

Station View Medical Centre 29A Escomb Rd, Bishop Auckland DL14 6AB

Fridays 10am -12.00pm Advisor: Lauren Conway Appointment only registered with G.P 01388452711

North House Surgery Hope Street, Crook DL15 9HU, UK

Tuesday, 9:15am-4pm Advisor: Julie Englund Appointment Only: Registered with GP 01388762945

Stanhope Health Centre Dales Street, Stanhope, Bishop Auckland DL13 2XD, UK

Tuesdays 1.00pm-3.30pm Advisor: Lisa Moore Appointments only, registered with GP

M&M Newgate Street, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7EJ
Pharmacy Support

M&M Escomd Rd, Station View Medical Centre,Bishop Auckland, DL14 6AB
Pharmacy Support

Lloyds in Sainsbury's Maude Terrace, St Helen Auckland, Bishop Auckland DL14 9AE
Pharmacy support

Gainford Surgery Main Rd, Gainford, Darlington DL2 3BE
Appointments only, registered with GP

Four Clocks Centre Newgate Street, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7EH

Mondays, 4.30-5.30pm. Advisor: Kathryn Lewis Drop in

Evenwood Medical Practice Copeland Lane, Evenwood, Bishop Auckland DL14 9SU

Wednesdays 9am-12pm Advisor: Emma Sarsfield Appointments only, registered with G.P

Boots Old Fire House, Bishop Auckland, DL14 6RP
Pharmacy Support

Clemitsons Pharmacy 51 Hope St, Crook DL15 9HU, UK
Pharmacy Support

Britton&Robson Pharmacy 46 High St, Willington, Crook DL15 0PG
Pharmacy support

Bishopgate Medical Centre 178 Newgate St, Bishop Auckland DL14 7EJ

 Tuesday 9am-3.00pm Advisor: Kathryn Lewis Appointment Only. Registered with G.P

Barnard Castle Surgery Barnard Castle Surgery, Victoria Rd, Barnard Castle DL12 8HT

Barnard Castle Wednesday 9.00-12.30pm Advisor: Pearl Wolstenholme Appointment Only: Registered with GP 013833960408

Asda Pharmacy S Church Rd, Bishop Auckland DL14 7LB
Pharmacy support

Auckland Medical Group The Old Firehouse, Watling Rd, Bishop Auckland DL14 6RP

Wednesday, 9am-5.00pm Advisor: Kathryn Lewis Appointment only: Registered with GP 01388602278

West Cornforth Medical Centre Reading Street, West Cornforth, Ferryhill DL17 9LH
Appointments only, registered with GP

St Andrews Medical Practice Sensier House, St Andrew's Ln, Spennymoor DL16 6QA
Appointments only, registered with GP

The Ladder Centre 5-7 Coniston Ferryhill, DL17 8EZ

Thursdays 9.30am-11am Drop in. Advisor Julie Englund 

Skern Medical Group Harbinson House, Front St, Sedgefield, Stockton-on-Tees TS21 3BN

Tuesdays 2pm-4pm. Advisor: Sharon Morton Appointments only registered with GP

Robert &Roberts 27 Bewick Cres, Newton Aycliffe DL5 5LH, UK
Pharmacy Support

Philips &Wright Pharmacy Alhambra Tce, Fishburn TS21 4BU
Pharmacy Support

Peaseway Medical Practice 2 Pease Way, Newton Aycliffe DL5 5NH
Appointments only, registered with GP

Oxford Road Medical Practice Oxford Rd, Spennymoor DL16 6BQ
Appointments only, registered with GP

M&M Chemist Church Street, Shildon, DL4 1DX
Pharmacy Support

Newton Aycliffe Youth & Community Centre Newton Aycliffe DL5 4HT, UK

Tuesday, 4.00pm-5:30pm Drop in Advisor: Kathryn Lewis

Higginbottom Pharmacy 10 Main St, Ferryhill DL17 8LA
Pharmacy Support

Jubilee Medical Group, Newton Aycliffe Cobblers Hall Surgery, Carers Way, Newton Aycliffe DL5 4SE
Appointments only, registered with GP

Ferryhill and Chilton Medical Practice Durham Rd, Ferryhill DL17 8JJ
Appointments only, registered with GP

Hallgarth Surgery Cheapside, Shildon DL4 2HP
Appointments only, registered with GP

Chilton Chemist Chilton Medical Centre, Dale Street, Chilton, Ferryhill, DL17 0HQ
Pharmacy support

Cheapside Chemist Cheapside, Shildon, DL4 2HP
Pharmacy Support

Bishop's Close Medical Practice Bishop's Cl, Spennymoor DL16 6ED
Appointments only, registered with GP

Bewick Crescent Surgery 27 Bewick Cres, Newton Aycliffe DL5 5LH, UK
Appointments only, registered with GP

Asda Pharmacy St Andrews Rd, Spennymoor, UK
Pharmacy Support

AD Phillips Luke Street, Trimdon Colliery, TS29 6AD
Pharmacy Support

AD Phillips Church Street, Trimdon Village, TS29 6PY
Pharmacy Support

Whitfields Pharmacy Woods Tce, Murton, SR7 9AA
Pharmacy Support

Wingate Medical Practice Front St, Wingate TS28 5PZ
Appointments only, registered with GP

William Brown Centre Manor Way, Peterlee SR8 5TW
Appointments only, registered with GP

Whitworths Pharmacy Woods Tce, Murton, SR7 9AG
Pharmacy Support

The Avenue Family Practice The Avenue, Seaham SR7 8LF, UK
Appointments only, registered with GP

Southdene Medical Centre Front St, Shotton Colliery DH6 2LT
Appointments only, registered with GP

Bevan Medical Group Station Road, Shotton Colliery DH6 2LQ

Appointment Only Registered G.P. Thursdays 9.30am-2.30pm Advisor: Kathryn Lewis

Shinwell Medical Centre 36 Fourth St, Horden, Peterlee SR8 4LD
Appointments only, registered with GP

Silverdale Family Practice Logan Terrace, South Hetton, Durham DH6 2TH
Appointments only, registered with GP

Phoenix Medical Group Dunelm Road, Thornley, DH6 3HW
Appointments only, registered with G.P

Peterlee Pharmacy York Road, Peterlee SR8 2DP, UK
Pharmacy Support

Murton Medical Centre 20 Wood's Terrace E, Murton, Seaham SR7 9AB
Appointments only, registered with GP

Marlborough Surgery St Johns Square, Seaham., Seaham SR7 7JE
Appointments only, registered with GP

J&J Pharmacy West Grove, Westlea, Seaham
Pharmacy Support

Intrahealth Pharmacy William Brown Centre, Peterlee SR8 5TW
Pharmacy Support

Horden Group Practice Shinwell Medical Centre, Horden, Peterlee
Appointments only, registered with GP

Easington Social Welfare Hall Easington Colliery SR8 3PL

Thursday 1:00-2:00pm Advisor Lauren Conway: Drop In

East Durham College Peterlee Site SR8 2RN

Tuesdays: 4.45pm-6.00pm  Advisor: Lauren Conway Drop in

Dr Fairlamb & Partners Peterlee Health Cente, Peterlee
Appointments only, registered with GP

Carodoc Surgery Front Street, Wingate, TS28 5PZ
Registered with GP

Boots Front Street, Wingate, TS28 5PZ
Pharmacy support

Boots Castledene Shopping Centre, Peterlee, SR8 1AE
Pharmacy Support

Boots Pharmacy Front St, Wingate TS28 5PZ
Pharmacy Support

Middle Chare Surgery 8 Middle Chare, Chester-le-Street, Chester le Street DH3 3QD
Appointments only, registered with GP

Great Lumley Surgery Front Street, Great Lumley, DH3 4LE

Fridays 9.30am-11.45am Advisor: Gillian Watson.Registered with GP

Cornerstones Methodist Church Chester-le-Street, Chester le Street DH3 3TF

Monday, 4pm-6pm Drop in Advisor: Carol Moody.

Cestria Health Centre Whitehill Way, Chester le Street DH2 3DJ, UK
Appointments only, registered with GP

Bridge End Surgery Picktree Ln, Chester-le-Street, Chester le Street DH3 3SL
Appointments only, registered with GP

West Rainton Pharmacy Houghton Le Spring DH4 6SQ

Wednesday 2pm-4pm Advisor: Julie Englund Appointment Only

Meadowfield Surgery Adrian Clark House Sawmills Lane,Meadowfield, Durham, DH7 8NH

Thursdays 9.30am-11.30am  Advisor Gillian Watson. Appointments only, registered with GP

Sacriston Surgery Front Street, Sacriston DH7 6JW
Appointments only, registered with GP Mondays 5.30pm-7pm and Tuesdays 9.30am-12pm Advisor: Lynne Teasdale

Leaks Pharmacy Belmont DH1 1AR
Pharmacy support

Newton Hall Community Centre DH1 5GU
Fridays 10am-12pm, Drop in, Advisor: Lisa Moore

Leaks Chemist Framwellgate Moor, Durham DH1 5EE
Pharmacy support

Kelloe ExpressPharmacy Hilary House, Front Street, Kelloe
Pharmacy support

Coxhoe Medical Practice Coxhoe, Durham, UK
Appointments only, registered with GP

Cheveley Park Medical Centre Belmont
Appointments only, registered with GP

Belmont Community Centre Sunderland Road, Belmont DH1 2LL

Tuesdays 5.30pm-6.30pm, Advisor: Annie Pluse, Drop in

Bowburn Pharmacy Ash Terrace,Bowburn DH6 5AS
Pharmacy support

West Road Surgery Annfield Plain DH9 7XT

Thursday 9.30am-11.30am Advisor: Barbara Broadfoot Appointment Only, Registered with GP

Queens Rd Surgery Queens Road, Blackhill, Consett DH8 0BW

Wednesday, 9.00-11.30 am Advisor: Lynne Teasdale Appointment Only: Registered with GP 01207585890

Tesco Extra Consett DH8 5XP

Thursday, 5.00-6.30pm Advisor: Lynne Teasdale Drop in

The Haven Surgery Burnhope, UK
Appointments only, registered with GP

Tanfield View Surgery Scott Street, Stanley, DH9 8AD

Wednesday 2.00-5.15, Friday 2:15 - 4.30pm Advisor: Gillian Watson Appointment only for those registered with a GP surgery 01207232384

Stanley Pharmacy Front Street, Stanley DH9 0TB
Pharmacy support

MJ&A Taylor Southmoor, Stanley DH9 7AN
Pharmacy support

Oakfields Medical Centre Oakfields Medical Centre NE17 7SB

Monday, 3.00-5.30pm Advisor: Lisa Moore Appointment only Registered Patients Only

Lanchester Medical Centre Durham Road, Lanchester, DH7 0LS

Thursdays 9.30am-11.30am, Advisor: Lisa Moore Registered with GP

Lloyds Pharmacy Station Road Consett DH8 5RL
Pharmacy support

Leadgate Surgery Leadgate, Consett, DH8 6DP

Wednesday, 2.30pm-4.30pm  Advisor: Lynne Teasdale Appointment Only: Registered with GP 01207583555

John Low Ltd Moorside, Consett, DH8 8ET
Pharmacy support

John Low Ltd Shotley Bridge, DH8 0BW
Pharmacy support

Dipton Surgery Front Street, Dipton, DH9 9DA
Friday 2.00-4.00pm Advisor: Lisa Moore Appointment only registered with GP Tel 01207 571222

Consett Medical Centre Consett Medical Centre, Consett, DH8 5YA

Friday, 9.00am-2.00pm Advisor: Lynne Teasdale Appointment only registered with GP

Craghead Pharmacy Craghead, Stanley DH8 8ET
Pharmacy support

Craghead Medical Centre, Craghead, Stanley, UK
Appointments only, registered with GP

ASDA pharmacy Front Street Stanley DH9 0NB
Pharmacy support (7 days a week)

Face-to-face support

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Maybe you’ve tried to stop smoking before and it didn’t work, or there are other challenges that are making it difficult for you to stop.We offer free face-to-face support, via a number of community clinic across County Durham, to get to know you and help you succeed in stopping smoking.

 

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Available treatments to help you stop smoking

Nicotine Gum

Gum is available in three strengths: 2mg, 4mg and 6mg. The 4mg and 6mg gum is most appropriate for smokers who smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day, or who are strongly addicted to nicotine. When you use nicotine gum, the nicotine is absorbed through the lining of your mouth. When you first quit you should be chewing about 1 piece of gum every hour. To release the nicotine from the gum, chew until the taste becomes strong or hot. After this you can rest the gum inside your cheek. Once the taste or heat fades you will need to chew again to release more nicotine. Discard the gum after about an hour.

Gradually you can begin to cut down on the amount of gum you use. Try chewing for shorter periods, using smaller pieces, a lower dose or alternating with a non-nicotine gum.

Is gum right for me?

Gum can be helpful because it provides short bursts of nicotine. However, some people can find the taste unpleasant or dislike having to ‘park’ the gum in their mouth.

Nicotine Patches

Nicotine patches work well for most regular smokers and can be worn round the clock (24 hour patches) or just during the time you are awake (16 hour patches), and they work by releasing nicotine directly into the bloodstream through the skin.

How to use patches

There are two ways to use patches: just during the time you are awake (16 hour patch) or both day and night (24 hour patch). The 24 hour patch may cause some sleep disturbance but is helpful for people who have strong cravings during the early morning.

Patches also come in different strengths. Whichever strength you start on you should aim to gradually reduce the strength over time before stopping the usage of patches completely.

Who should use patches

Patches are useful for those who are concerned about discretion (they can be worn easily beneath clothing) or dislike the taste of the oral products. They release a steady amount of nicotine. They may also cause skin irritation for some people.

 

Microtab

These are small tablets containing nicotine which dissolve quickly under your tongue.How to use microtabs Microtabs are designed to be dissolved under the tongue. Make sure you don't chew or swallow them - this may cause unwanted side effects. When you quit you should use one or two tablets every hour for up to three months after you quit. You should then be able to gradually cut back your consumption. Once you are taking one or two tablets a day you should be able to stop completely. Who should use microtabs Microtabs can also be used by those who are trying to reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke, as well as those who have quit completely. You should stop smoking within 6 months of using microtabs. Side effects of microtabs Possible side effects include: hiccups, sore throat, burning sensation in mouth.

Lozenges

Lozenges are placed in the mouth and dissolve slowly to release the nicotine and take about 20-30 minutes to dissolve.

How to use lozenges

Nicotine lozenges work in a similar way to nicotine gum. To release the nicotine from the lozenge, suck until the taste becomes strong or hot. After this you can rest the lozenge inside your cheek – once the taste fades you will need to suck again to release more nicotine. Suck until the lozenge has completely dissolved – each one should last 20 to 30 minutes.

You should use lozenges for about twelve weeks. For the first six weeks you should have one lozenge every one to two hours. You should then reduce your intake to one lozenge every two to four hours, finally reducing to once every four to eight hours in the last two weeks of treatment.

Who should use lozenges

Lozenges are helpful because they provide short bursts of nicotine. Lozenges should not be used by people with mouth ulcers.

Inhalators

Inhalators look like a plastic cigarette. The inhalator releases nicotine vapour which gets absorbed through your mouth and throat. If you miss the ‘hand to mouth’ aspect of smoking, these may suit you.

How to use inhalators

A nicotine inhalator works by releasing nicotine vapour when you suck on it. Inhalers work very quickly so you should reach for your inhaler whenever you feel strong cravings for a cigarette. Each inhalator contains a disposable cartridge which has enough nicotine for around 3 to 4, 20 minute puffing sessions. This equates to around 400 puffs.

You should use the inhalator for a total of twelve weeks. Use between six and twelve cartridges per day for the first eight weeks depending on how many cigarettes you smoke. For the following two weeks reduce this by half, finally stopping the use of the inhalator completely in the last two weeks of treatment.

Who should use inhalators

The advantages of inhalators are that they work much more quickly than gum or lozenges. They can be therefore used directly when you experience cravings for a cigarette. They also feel very similar (because of the motion involved in using them) to a cigarette so become a good replacement – especially for those who miss the ‘hand to mouth’ aspect of smoking.

Nasal Spray

The spray delivers a swift and effective dose of nicotine through the lining of your nose.

How to use nasal spray

You use the nasal spray by releasing one spray into each nostril twice an hour. It should be used no more than five times an hour and no more than forty doses a day. Each dose will give the equivalent nicotine contained in one cigarette. This is the fastest way that nicotine can enter the bloodstream reaching the brain within 10 minutes.

You should use the nasal spray for a total of twelve weeks. Use between one and two doses per hour for the first eight weeks depending on how many cigarettes you smoke. For the following two weeks reduce this by half, finally stopping the use of the nasal spray completely in the last two weeks of treatment.

Who should use nasal spray

The advantages of nasal sprays are that they work much more quickly than gum or lozenges. They can therefore be used directly when you experience cravings for a cigarette – and most closely mimic the rush you get from smoking than any of the other forms of nicotine replacement therapy(NRT).

The nicotine nasal spray is the strongest form of NRT. This can be a very useful and effective form of medication for highly dependent heavy smokers who have difficulty giving up using other methods.

However this method is not suitable for everyone and may cause side-effects such as nose and throat irritation, coughing, and watering eyes.

Varenicline/Champix

*Only available to people aged 18 or overVarenicline, also known as Champix works by reducing your craving for a cigarette and by reducing the effects you feel if you do have a cigarette.

You set a date to stop smoking, and start taking tablets 1 or 2 weeks before this date. Treatment normally lasts for 12 weeks. Champix is not available if you are pregnant or if you have a pre-existing medical condition.

Bupropian/Zyban

*Only available to people aged 18 or over.*

^ Prescription only medication Bupropian also known as Zyban is a tablet which helps you to stop smoking.

You start taking Zyban one to two weeks before you quit and treatment usually lasts for a couple of months to help you through the withdrawal cravings. It’s only available on prescription and is not available if you are pregnant, or if you have a pre-existing medical conditions – discuss this treatment option with your advisor and/or your GP.

Mouth Spray

This 1mg fresh mint flavour mouth spray gets to work on cravings in 60 seconds. One dispenser contains 150 sprays of 1mg nicotine per spray. Spraying 1-2 sprays of Quickmist into the mouth is equivalent to one cigarette.

How to use

If using for the first time or if you have not used the spray for 2 days, you must first prime the spray pump. Priming: Point the spray away from you and any other adults, children or pets near you. Press the top of the spray with your index finger 3 times until a fine spray appears. Spray into your mouth avoiding the lips and try not to inhale while spraying and not swallow for a few seconds after spraying. If you find the taste too harsh try spraying onto your hand and use your tongue or finger to transfer spray to mouth (more controlled and effective). Use 1-2 sprays every 30 minutes to 1 hour. No more than 4 sprays per hour. Do not exceed 64 sprays per 24 hours.

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Alternative Support

Bella

Solutions 4 Health are proud to announce the release of Bella. Bella is an Artificial Intelligent app, available on all platforms, so you can get the expert support you need to quit smoking for good. Bella is your personal stop smoking coach that has been trained by expert advisors who have helped thousands of people quit smoking. Bella runs on the industry evidence base so you know you are getting help you can trust. Bella will be there for you all the time, whenever you need her, 1am after a difficult day and you want someone to talk to? Need extra motivation during the day? Don’t know how to get started and want some expert guidance? Bella is fully trained to be there with you in these moments.

To quit with Bella is really easy.

Download the app and start talking to Bella. Talk to her in a completely natural way. Advanced artificial intelligence allows for you to have a fluid and human like conversation with Bella.

Answer the questions and talk honestly with Bella. She will use her knowledge to provide you with personalised support. Bella remembers your situations as you describe them to her, so you always get a personalised service.

You can also talk to Bella by pressing and holding the microphone, as well as hearing her talk by pressing and holding a message.

Technology has advanced, and we should now feel the benefits of our progress. Quit with Bella today, and start your journey to becoming smoke free for life!

NHS Smokefree app

The Nhs Smokefree app can help you stop smoking by giving daily support and motivation. If you stay smokefree for the 4-week programme you’re up to 5 times more likely to quit for good.

This app is a great way to help keeping you on track throughout the day, used in combination with the support we offer it is able to help keep you quitting!

Join the thousands who have already quit with our support.

 

 

Smoking Cessation Nation

Join other quitters to stay motivated as you quit smoking. Open the app when have a craving and instead play a game or connect with others. It also shows you how much money you’re saving and how much you’re helping your body by not smoking. You can earn reward badges for your progress if you’re into incentives.

E-cigarettes

Smokefreelife Oxfordshire is an e-cigarette friendly service!

E-cigarettes, alternatively known as ‘vape devices’, are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to smoking or as a way to quit smoking. Public Health England (PHE) published an independent review in 2015 covering e-cigarette use among young people and adults, public attitudes, the impact on quitting smoking, an update on risks to health and the role of nicotine. The key findings are listed below:

  • Vaping poses only a fraction of the risks of smoking and switching completely from smoking to vaping conveys substantial health benefits
  • E-cigarettes could be contributing to at least 20,000 successful new quits per year
  • E-cigarette use is associated with improved quit success rates over the last year and an accelerated drop in smoking rates across the country
  • Thousands of smokers incorrectly believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking; around 40% of smokers have not even tried an e-cigarette
  • There is much public misunderstanding about nicotine (less than 10% of adults understand that most of the harms to health from smoking are not caused by nicotine)
  • The use of e-cigarettes in the UK has plateaued over the last few years at just under 3 million
  • Evidence does not support the concern that e-cigarettes are a route into smoking among young people (youth smoking rates in the UK continue to decline)

If you would like more information about e-cigarettes, please contact the Oxfordshire Stop Smoking Service (telephone 0800 246 1072 or 01865 238 036).

Reference: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/phe-publishes-independent-expert-e-cigarettes-evidence-review

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