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Tobacco and smoking

Smoking remains the most preventable cause of premature death, ill health and health inequality in Derbyshire.

It's a major cause of coronary heart disease, lung cancer and respiratory diseases particularly chronic obstructive airways disease.

One in every 2 regular smokers is killed by tobacco and half of them will die before the age of 70 - losing on average 10 years of life.

Stopping smoking is the best thing you will ever do and here's why.

It will improve your health

Half of all long-term smokers die early from smoking-related diseases, including heart disease, lung cancer and chronic bronchitis.

By quitting smoking your breathing and general fitness will improve, the appearance of your skin and teeth will improve and your sense of taste will improve.

You will notice the benefits of quitting quickly, after 48hrs carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body with the lungs starting to clear out mucus and other smoking debris, and after 72 hours breathing becomes easier and energy levels increase.

You will save money

On average most people that quit can save £150 per month, to find out how much you can save enter your details into NHS cost calculator.

You will protect your family

Stopping smoking is the best way to protect your family from the dangerous effects of secondhand smoke.

Over 80% of secondhand smoke is invisible and odourless and it contains over 4,000 chemicals.

People who breathe in secondhand smoke are at risk of the same diseases as smokers, including cancers and heart disease.

Why quit with your local stop smoking service?

Expert advisors will provide you with advice, support and encouragement.

Stop smoking medicines such as nicotine patches can help you quit, your stop smoking advisor will be able to help you chose the right product for you.

Nine out of 10 smokers who have used their local NHS stop smoking service would recommend them.

You're up to 3 times more likely to quit than if you go it alone.

Live Life Better Derbyshire

If you live or work in Derbyshire (excluding Derby City Council area) or are registered with a Derbyshire GP then Live Life Better Derbyshire offers free stop smoking support.

If you're interested in quitting and would like to find out more about your free local Stop Smoking Service contact Live Life Better Derbyshire, email:, tel: 0800 085 2299 or 01629 538200 or visit the Live Life Better Derbyshire website.


If you're registered to a Derby City GP then Livewell can offer you help to quit.

Visit the Livewell website or tel: 01332 641254

My Quit Route

My Quit Route is our free stop smoking app that will give you the expert advice and scientifically-proven tools you need to quit smoking for good.

You can use it either on its own or in combination with Nicotine Replacement Therapy (such as patches, gums, sprays or lozenges), stop smoking medications (such as Champix or Zyban) or e-cigarettes.

First, My Quit Route will guide you to set your quit date. Then it will prepare you for this date by helping you to:

  • help change how you think about smoking
  • recognise all the positives of quitting
  • focus on what is really motivating you to go smoke-free
  • learn how to avoid weight gain when you no longer smoke
  • consider what other support options are available to you

You can download My Quit Route for Apple and Android.

Stop smoking in pregnancy

Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your baby. Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, premature birth and low-birth weight. The good news is, it's never too late to stop smoking.

Life Live Better Derbyshire provides specialist stop smoking support for pregnant women.

To find out more about stopping smoking in pregnancy you can also visit:

If you're interested in quitting and would like to find out more about the free local Stop Smoking Service or find your nearest stop smoking advisor visit Live Life Better Derbyshire, email: or tel: 0800 085 2299 or 01629 538200.