Stop smoking services
Want to stop smoking? Here’s where to get help and support in Wirral. This way, you’re up to four times more likely to quit for good!
ABL Wirral can provide tobacco and nicotine users with free, effective and flexible access to support to help them quit. The service is for anyone who wishes to quit smoking, using chewing tobacco, shisha or electronic cigarettes. Those wanting to stop can get quick and free access to support sessions and approved medicines to help.
Want to sign up?
You can contact the service directly by calling 0151 541 5656, or by texting ABL with your name to 60777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Office opening hours:
Monday – Thursday, 8.30am – 6pm
Friday, 8.30am - 5pm
You can also be referred into our service by any health or social care professional.
The health of young people is affected soon after they start smoking.
Here are some of the benefits you can gain by stopping:
1. Younger-looking skin
Stopping smoking has been found to slow facial ageing and delay the appearance of wrinkles. The skin of a non-smoker gets more nutrients, including oxygen, and can reverse the sallow, lined complexion that smokers often have.
2. Whiter teeth
Giving up tobacco stops teeth becoming stained, and you'll have fresher breath. Ex-smokers are less likely than smokers to get gum disease and lose their teeth prematurely.
3. Better breathing
People breathe more easily and cough less when they give up smoking because their lung capacity improves by up to 10% within nine months. In your 20s and 30s, the effect of smoking on your lung capacity may not be noticeable until you go for a run, but lung capacity naturally diminishes with age.
4. Longer life
Half of all long-term smokers die early from smoking-related diseases; including heart disease, lung cancer and chronic bronchitis. Men who quit smoking by 30 add 10 years to their life. People who kick the habit at 60 add three years to their life. It’s never too late to benefit from stopping.
5. Less stress
Scientific studies show that people's stress levels are lower after they stop smoking. Nicotine addiction makes smokers stressed from the ‘withdrawal’ between cigarettes. The pleasant feeling of satisfying that craving is only temporary and is not a real cure for stress.
6. Improved smell and taste
Kicking the smoking habit gives your senses of smell and taste a boost. The body is recovering from being dulled by the hundreds of toxic chemicals found in cigarettes.
7. More energy
Within 2 to 12 weeks of stopping smoking, your circulation improves. This makes all physical activity, including walking and running, much easier. Quitting also boosts your immune system, making it easier to fight off colds and flu. The increase in oxygen in the body makes ex-smokers less tired and less likely to have headaches.
8. Healthier loved ones
By stopping smoking you'll be protecting the health of your non-smoking friends and family. Passive smoking increases a non-smoker's risk of lung cancer, heart disease and stroke. Second-hand smoke makes children twice at risk of chest illnesses, including pneumonia, croup (swollen airways in the lungs) and bronchitis, plus more ear infections, wheezing and asthma. They also have three times the risk of getting lung cancer in later life compared with children who live with non-smokers.
Some advice about quitting smoking:
- it may be a bit tough for the first few days, and may take up to four weeks for some withdrawal symptoms to disappear - just take the stopping process one day at a time
- alcohol, coffee, sugar and sweets should be avoided as they can increase the 'need' for nicotine
- don’t be put off by the common idea that stopping smoking makes you put on weight, although this can happen if you replace cigarettes with high-calorie snacks
- tell anyone who makes fun of you that you're putting the money you are saving into buying something special
- once you’ve made your mind up to stop smoking and your attempt is successful, you'll be grateful for the rest of your life - ask any long-term smoker!