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Smoking - Help Me Quit

Are you Really Serious About Stopping Smoking?

Stopping smoking is one of the best things you'll ever do for your health.

When you stop, you give your lungs the chance to repair and you'll be able to breathe easier. There are lots of other benefits too - and they start almost immediately.

If you want to stop smoking, you can make small changes to your lifestyle that may help you resist the temptation to light up.

Health Benefits

What health benefits are there to quitting smoking?

  • 8 Hours after quitting - Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood reduce by half and your oxygen levels return to normal.
  • 24 hours after quitting - Carbon monoxide is eliminated from the body; lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.
  • 48 hours after quitting - There is no nicotine left in your body and the ability to taste and smell is greatly improved.
  • 72 hours after quitting - Breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and your energy levels should start to increase.
  • 2-12 weeks after quitting - Circulation improves. Oxygenated blood is flowing around your body and helping to improve your health.
  • 3-9 months after quitting - Coughs and wheezing improves and how well you can breathe increases by up to 10%.
  • 1 year smokefree - Your risk of a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.
  • 10 years smokefree - The risk of getting lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker.
  • 15 years smokefree - Your risk of a heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.


Think positive

You might have tried to quit smoking before and not managed it, but don't let that put you off. 

Look back at the things your experience has taught you and think about how you're really going to do it this time.

Many people try to quit smoking with willpower alone, but it's much easier with the right help. There are lots of support options available, try a combination that works for you.

Take Action

There are multiple options available to you:

  • Stop Smoking Wales
  • Ashwales
  • Local Pharmacies
  • Practice Nurse

If you are, your local Stop Smoking Specialists will be running a smoking cessation course to help people QUIT.


  • Free Local Service
  • Advice on the latest available treatments
  • Personal Support
  • Trained friendly staff to help you quit
  • Carbon Monoxide Readings
  • Free Literature

The course runs over a 7-week programme and each session will take one hour. If you are interested in attending this course ring free on

Tel: 0800 085 2219

You can also access the AshWales website or see the Health Care Assistant in surgery. Nicotine Replacement Therapy is available on prescription. We encourage patients to seek support from the Health Care assistant.

 Call into the following Pharmacies today for the FREE NHS stop smoking service

What will you get?

FREE Nicotine replacement treatment, to meet your specific needs (Patches, lozenges, chewing gum or inhalators)

One to one assessment and support by trained staff for up to 12 weeks

Flexibility of booking an appointment around your home/work life, even at weekends!

·       Well Pharmacy – 148 Holton Road, Barry


·       Boots the Chemist – 121-125 Holton Road, Barry