Quitting smoking

COVID-19: Support to Stop Smoking

If you are going to stop smoking, now is a very good time to do it.

This is because:

  • Smoking harms your immune system, leaving you less protected against infections like coronavirus. 
  • Smokers infected with coronavirus are more likely than non-smokers to develop pneumonia. 
  • Smoking inside at home around other people could raise their risks from coronavirus, alongside the other harms it causes.  Stopping smoking protects the people around you too.

The good news is that there is support available to stop smoking.  

There are a number of pharmacies across North Tyneside that can help.  Trained stop smoking advisors can help you come up with a tailored plan to stop smoking.  They can also arrange access to discounted or free medications to help you to quit. 

To find out where to go for support to stop smoking, please see the list below. 

Pharmacies
Area Pharmacy Address Telephone number
Backworth Newline 2 Co-op Building Church Road, NE27 0JE (0191) 268 8862
Benton Fairmans 379 Benton Rd, NE7 7EE (0191) 266 2016
Cullercoats D & C Fenwick 9 Farringdon Road, NE30 3ER (0191) 252 7106
Forest Hall Boots  25-27 Station Road North, NE12 7AR (0191) 266 1378
Killingworth Morrisons The Killingworth Centre, NE12 6YT (0191) 268 3114
Longbenton Boots  Unit 4, The Boulevard NE12 8GA (0191) 215 0315
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Unit 1, Karmjit House, Balliol Business Park, NE12 8EW (0191) 816 1310
Monkseaton Fairmans 7 Front Street, NE25 8AN (0191) 252 0609
North Shields Lloyds 18 Albion Rd, NE29 0HT (0191) 257 0039
North Shields Lloyds Hawkeys Lane Health Centre, NE29 0SF (0191) 257 2667
North Shields ​Well Pharmacy Verne Road 198 Verne Rd, NE29 7DR (0191) 257 1029
Northumberland Park Shiremoor Pharmacy Unit 2A, Northumberland Park District Centre NE27 0SJ (0191) 266 8369
Preston Grange Morrisons  Collingwood Centre, NE29 9QR (0191) 257 2519
Shiremoor Shiremoor Resource Centre Pharmacy Earsdon Rd, NE27 0HJ (0191) 253 3459
Wallsend Burn Terrace Pharmacy 55-57 Burn Terrace, NE28 7BJ (0191) 262 2731
Wallsend Dennis Pharmacy 9-13 Tynemouth Road, NE28 0AA (0191) 262 3780
Wallsend Fairmans Pharmacy 22-24 High St West, NE28 8HU (0191) 262 3522
Wallsend Newline Coast Road Pharmacy 1 Coast Rd, NE28 9HP (0191) 262 3210
Wallsend Newline Willington Quay Pharmacy 94 Bewicke Road NE28 6NJ (0191) 262 5728
Wallsend Well Pharmacy Crow Bank, The Green NE28 7PG (0191) 263 0044
Whitley Bay Whitley Bay Pharmacy 116 Park View, NE26 3QL (0191) 251 1057
Whitley Bay Fairmans Pharmacy 295 Whitley Road, NE26 2SN (0191) 252 5146
Whitley Bay Morrisons Pharmacy Hillheads Road, NE25 8HN (0191) 252 1647
Wideopen Wideopen Pharmacy 42 Park View, NE13 6LH (0191) 236 2017

Contact us to find out more about Support to Stop Smoking

If you would like to find out more the stop smoking support that pharmacies offer please call us on 0191 643 7171.

This line is open Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5.00pm

Introduction to quitting smoking

Every year about 78,000 people in the UK die from smoking.  For every death caused by smoking, around 20 smokers are suffering from a smoking related disease. It is the number one cause of preventable death and illness in the country. About half of all lifelong smokers will die early, losing 10 years of life on average. The earlier you quit the less life you lose.

Smoking and young people

According to Action on Smoking and Health (ASH, 2015), an estimated 207,000 children in the UK start smoking each year. About two thirds of adult smokers report that they took up smoking before the age of 18.

The younger a person starts smoking, the greater the harm is likely to be. Child and adolescent smoking causes serious risks to health both in the short and long term. Children who smoke are more susceptible to coughs and increased phlegm, wheeziness and shortness of breath than those who do not smoke.

Smoking impairs lung growth and may lead to an increased risk of chronic obstructive lung disease later in life. The earlier children become regular smokers and keep smoking as adults, the greater the risk of developing lung cancer or heart disease.

Nearly two thirds of pupils report being exposed to secondhand smoke. Bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma and sudden infant death syndrome (cot death) are more common in infants and children who have one or two smoking parents.

Smoking and adults

Around one in six of all deaths of adults aged 35 and over in England are estimated to be caused by smoking.

Most smoking-related deaths are from one of three types of disease: lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis) and coronary heart disease.

Benefits of stopping smoking

Stopping smoking can:

  • help you breathe more easily
  • give you more energy
  • relieve stress and anxiety
  • leave more money for you and your family
  • improve sense of smell and taste.
  • improved fertility
  • give younger looking skin
  • give whiter teeth and fresher breath
  • help you live longer.
  • get healthier for the sake of your loved ones

E-cigarettes

E-cigarettes allow you to inhale nicotine through vapour rather than smoke. This vapour doesn't contain tar or carbon monoxide, two of the most harmful elements in tobacco smoke. Using an e-cigarette isn't completely risk-free, but it carries a small fraction of the risk of smoking and can help you quit.

E-cigarettes can also be used together with support from local stop smoking services.

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