Smoking


SmokingThe law changed a while ago and you have to be aged 18 years or over in order to buy any tobacco products, and you will be asked for ID to prove your age. But before you spark up, have a think about what it is you’re doing and remember: most young people don’t smoke.

In fact, fewer and fewer young people are smoking and for good reason!

However, if you do smoke already, there are plenty of reasons to give up, and there’s plenty of support available to you to help you quit. By quitting smoking your breath, skin, and sex life will improve. It will make you more attractive and, of course, let you live longer.
Smoking also costs lots of money. For instance, if you smoked ten ciggies a day you could have saved over £118 every month – think of what you could get with the extra cash in your pocket!

When you are ready to join the thousands of young people who don’t smoke, Portsmouth has its very own young person’s service, which is part of the young people’s Sorted Service, based at the Civic Offices. The service can help you quit by enabling you to access free nicotine replacement and support. Call 023 9284 1560 for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

1)    How will I benefit from quitting smoking?

Stopping smoking could improve your social life, health, sex life, appearance and bank balance.

2)    How can you help me?

You are four times more likely to stop smoking with support. We can offer you support and advice, free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and a service dedicated just for under 18s. (If you are over 18 you can call the Wellbeing Service on 023 9229 4001)

3)    What is Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)?

Nicotine is extremely addictive and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is about giving your body the nicotine it craves without you smoking. This means you get your nicotine fix, without the 4000+ other chemicals found in cigarettes. The majority of people, who are successful at quitting, do so with the help of NRT.

4)    Is it free?

The service and NRT are completely free.

5)    Who is the service for?

The service is dedicated for young people 18 and under.

6)    Who will know that I smoke?

The service is confidential and the only person who we will contact is your GP. If you are interested in getting NRT, We will not tell your parent(s)/carer(s) but we encourage you to talk to them.

7)    How often do I need to come along?

We recommend you meet with us weekly for the first 4-6 weeks. This way we can discuss your progress, sort out any NRT you require and talk through anything that may be getting in your way. Each session lasts anything from ten minutes to half an hour, but it’s up to you. The first session may be a little longer.

8)    Can I come with a friend?

Yes. You can come alone, with a friend who also wants to quit, or a friend that is there for moral support. If there are a few of you who want to quit together, that is also ok. We are flexible and willing to work with you, in a way which suits you.

Time to quit?

You can call for more information on 023 9284 1560

or text us on 07852 285434

or contact us via facebook/areyousorted

These websites can give you a whole load of information on smoking:

ASH: www.ash.org.uk

NHS Teen Smokers: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/smoking/Pages/Teensmokersquit.aspx