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Thinking of stopping smoking

Stopping smoking is one of the best things anyone can do to improve their health. Quit4Good, NHS Border’s stop smoking service provides free support in the community via specialist advisors in various locations in the Borders including: Eyemouth, Jedburgh, Hawick, Galashiels, Kelso, Innerleithen and Selkirk. 

Following an initial individual assessment, clients are invited to attend 12 week drop-in sessions or a one to one session as appropriate to the client. Drop-in support sessions are available at a variety of locations, and are provided by experienced stop smoking advisors who have been specially trained in helping smokers to stop successfully.

Quit4Good’s Facebook page includes up to date information about session times or please call the service on 01835 825 971. This number is open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, to take referrals from members of the public, give out information about local services and other resources. An out of hours answering facility is available.

Email: smoking.cessation@borders.scot.nhs.uk

You can also call the national helpline Smokeline on 0800 848484. This number is open 7 days a week 8am-10pm. There is also a web chat service for those who prefer to chat online on the canstopsmoking website

Preventing harm from smoking

Take it right outdoors is a national campaign to reduce the harm caused by second-hand smoke (other people’s smoking).  Second-hand smoke contains more than 4,000 toxic chemicals.  The particles are smaller than dust and drift easily as you move through the house and open doors.  Children are especially vulnerable to the toxins in second-hand smoke because their airways are smaller and they breathe faster.  Also, their lungs and immune systems do not fully develop until they are teenagers. 

From 5 December 2016, smoking in a vehicle with anyone under 18 is illegal.    For more information on smoke-free homes and cars see the rightoutside and protect yourkids websites at www.rightoutside.org 

If you are worried about the impact of second-hand smoke and want help to change please contact Quit4Good on 01835 825971.