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Smoking increases your risk of developing more than 50 serious health conditions that can cause irreversible long-term damage to your health and even death.

Your decision to quit smoking is usually not one that happens overnight. Everything in life goes through a process and this is the same for stopping smoking.

Read through the following pages to find out why smoking is so bad for your health. Also find out what the benefits of stopping to smoke and how you successfully go about to quit smoking.

Tobacco and Cigarette Smoke

Tobacco is the dried, shredded and processed leaves from the tobacco plant. It is used in cigarettes, and cigars. Although it is usually smoked, some people chew tobacco leaves. Tobacco contains a highly addictive ingredient called nicotine. Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals in gaseous and particulate forms, many of which are highly poisonous and can cause cancer.

For more information and facts about tobacco and smoking, please click here.

E-cigarettes and Vaping

In recent years, e-cigarettes have become a very popular stop smoking aid. Also known as vapes or e-cigs, they’re far less harmful than cigarettes, and can help you quit smoking for good. They are not recommended for non-smokers and cannot be sold to people under 18 years old.

For more information on E-cigarettes and Vaping click here.

If you want to talk to somebody about smoking cessation, please contact the GHA Smoking Cessation Service on 200 52441. You can now have direct access to the service via any GHA member of staff. 

For more information or to book an appointment with your GP, please use the eGOV services.

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