Stopping smoking is one of the single most beneficial things that you can do for your health.
We know that quitting smoking isn’t always easy. People who receive support from their local stop smoking service find it easier to stop and are four times more likely to stay smokefree.
Our team of specialist advisors have lots of experience in helping people to quit smoking and can offer access to our smoking services by telephone, face-to-face consultation and through remote video consultations using the secure NHS Attend Anywhere video service.
Our Trust is a proud signatory to the NHS Smokefree Pledge, a national programme to help the whole NHS go smokefree.
What does the service offer?
Our free stop smoking service has helped thousands of people to stop smoking by providing advice, support and encouragement to help you to stop smoking for good.
What you can expect from us:
- free, friendly, non-judgemental support and advice to help you stop smoking
- free support from a trained stop smoking advisor for 12 weeks
- a choice of stop smoking medication, available free or on prescription
- carbon monoxide checks at each appointment to show you how well you are doing and to keep you motivated
- a genuine welcome back if you start smoking again and want to have another go at quitting
- support by telephone helpline
What we expect from you:
- you want to stop smoking
- you keep your appointments
- you contact your stop smoking advisor if you are unable to attend your appointment
- you commit to the ‘not one puff’ rule
Support to quit smoking before surgery
Reasearch has show that there are higher health risks and complications following surgery if you are a smoker. It is best to quit about two months before a surgery for the most benefit – but even a few days is helpful in helping avoid breathing problems during the procedure.
The benefits of quitting prior to your procedure can be seen on our Why Quit? Information page.
Support for pregnant women and new mums
Carbon monoxide is one of over 4,000 chemicals and toxins in tobacco smoke. If you smoke when pregnant, or are around second hand smoke from smokers around you – your baby is sharing all the chemicals from the smoke that you inhale.
Our advisors can help both you and your partner to take the first steps to giving your baby the best possible start in life. Further reasons for quitting when pregnant can be found on our Why Quit? Information page.
Support for local employers
Across Teesside, it is estimated that smoking costs local businesses £51 million in smoking breaks and over 100,000 days of lost productivity due to smoking related sick days.
Helping to support your employees to stop smoking is the single most effective intervention employers can make in improving staff health, wellbeing and productivity.
For more information on how the stop smoking service can support your business and employees ring 01642 383819.
Where do I get support?
The Stockton Specialist Stop Smoking Service offers free advice and support to the residents of Stockton-On-Tees borough council areas. We also provide a 12-week stop smoking treatment and support programme tailored to the individual needs of the client.
Contact the team for the latest dates of their stop smoking service sessions available in your area.
Telephone appointments are available for clients who are unable to attend a clinic. If you would like a telephone assessment, please call 01642 383819.
Get in touch
If you want to stop smoking and you are a resident living in one of the Stockton-on-Tees borough council areas, or, if you have any questions about the services we offer contact us on:
Other areas of Teesside
- Support for residents living is Hartlepool is provided by Hartlepool Borough Council
- Support for residents in Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland is provided by Middlesbrough Borough Council