Smoking can cause a number of illnesses, and aggravate others, including – heart disease, cancer, Alzeimer’s Disease, angina, Crohn’s disease, gastric and duodenal ulcers, dental disease, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cataracts, macular degeneration, psoriasis, fertility issues, depression, hearing loss, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and dementia.
Smoking causes around one in six of all deaths of people aged 35 and over.
Second-hand smoke is other people's tobacco smoke and can also lead to heart disease and lung cancer, and make illnesses like asthma worse. The effects of second-hand smoke on children can be more serious because their bodies are still developing.
If you smoke 'roll up' cigarettes, find out some information on the health risks, Wise-up to roll ups
However, by giving up smoking you can reduce the risk of developing many smoking related illnesses. Within 10-15 years of giving up, an ex-smokers' risk of developing lung cancer is only slightly greater than someone who has never smoked.
We ask all patients about their smoking behaviours (including use of e-cigarettes an other nicotine containing products). This information is important to know when planning medical treatment and prescribing medications. Hospital staff are non-judgmental, and keen to help patients appropriately. If the patient would like them to, staff can give advice about the best ways to stop smoking and refer to the hospital smoking cessation nurse for support.
Help for smokers who want to quit
Three-quarters of adult smokers say they want to stop smoking. There is excellent free support available from the NHS, Stop smoking
You can also find information on local services by following the link to the Wiltshire Council site, Smokefree Wiltshire
If you have decided to stop smoking, you may find this guide useful when planning how you will quit, Smoking cessation
Nicotine replacement therapy is available for sale at the pharmacy, however if you are an inpatient please ask your healthcare team for advice.
If you have a planned admission to hospital coming up and you are using a nicotine replacement therapy, please bring this into hospital with you.
For further support and advice for inpatients who wish to quit smoking, or need help managing withdrawal symptoms whilst in hospital, please contact the Health Improvement Practitioner (Smoking Cessation) on 07717 808259.