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King George Surgery
135 High Street
Stevenage
Herts SG1 3HT
Walkern Surgery
80 High Street
Walkern
Herts SG2 7PG
Telephone (24 hrs) 01438 361111
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Stop Smoking

Smoking - Reasons for giving up

  • Smoking is the biggest single preventable cause of death
  • Lung cancer kills 38,000 people per year in the UK
  • Bladder cancer and stomach cancer risk is doubled
  • Smokers are twice as likely to die of a heart attack
  • On average a smoker shortens his/her life by five minutes for each cigarette smoked
  • Children of smokers are more likely to get chest and ear infections
  • Women get increased risk of abnormal smear or osteoporosis

How to stop

  • Decide on a definite date to stop
  • Get your partner or friend or family to stop with you
  • Put the money aside that you would have spent and treat yourself later
  • Tell everyone you are going to stop

What else can help?

  • We run smoking cessation clinics for our patients - tel: 01438 361111 
  • Nicotine chewing-gum or skin patches can help with troublesome withdrawal symptoms.
  • If you wish to quit smoking, text QUIT plus your postcode to 88088, or go to www.nhs.uk/smokefree or www.facebook.com/nhssmokefree or call Smokefree on 0800 169 0 169 (weekdays 9am - 8pm, weekend 11am - 5pm), or textphone 0800 169 0 171.
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Acupuncture

What can you gain?

  • Your chances of avoiding a heart attack and lung cancer will improve
  • It will help that smoker's cough
  • Your breath, your hair and your clothes will stop smelling of stale tobacco
  • If you are pregnant, your baby will stand a better chance of being born healthy 
  • There is a lower risk of osteoporosis for women.
  • Pay less tax!
  • Save money
  • Reduce risks related to passive smoking of those around you
  • Cheaper life/health insurance