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National No Smoking Day 2020

Today is National No Smoking Day 2020!

It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness of the ins and outs of smoking, particularly for parents and their children, and also signpost our followers towards resources that could help them to kick the habit for good.

The Risks of Smoking

By now, we’re all well aware of the risk of smoking – they’ve been well publicised over the past decade, and cigarette packaging now clearly states the risks of smoking. However, these publicised risks are more geared towards the smoker – are the risk to those around you talked about enough? They are definitely highlighted in awareness campaigns but not as much as the risks for the person smoking, and sometimes it takes seeing the risks in black and white to help motivate someone to quit.

The Benefits of Quitting Smoking in Pregnancy

The NHS is a fantastic resource for information when it comes to smoking and pregnancy – they’ve shared the benefits of quitting smoking here;

  • You will reduce the risk of complications in your pregnancy and birth.
  • You are much more likely to have a healthier pregnancy and a healthier baby!
  • You will reduce the risk of stillbirth.
  • Your baby is less likely to be born prematurely, and at lower risk of complications.
  • Your baby is less likely to be born with a low birth weight. Babies of smokers are, on average, around 8oz lighter than babies born to non-smokers. Babies with a low birth weight can struggle to maintain their temperature and feed.
  • You will reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as “cot death”.

The NHS goes on to state:

“Stopping smoking now will also help your baby later in life. Children whose parents smoke are more likely to suffer from asthma and other serious illnesses that may need hospital treatment. The sooner you stop smoking, the better. But even if you stop in the last few weeks of your pregnancy this will benefit you and your baby.”

You can read more on the risks of passive smoking on your little one here.

So, the benefits of quitting smoking when you become pregnant are plain to see, and stopping will help your little one later in life, too. However, for many smokers, it isn’t as simple as just ‘stopping’. Nicotine is very addictive, and quitting often requires some additional encouragement and support – we’re on your side, you’ve got this! We’ve researched some of the best tips for stopping smoking to help you out…

Tips on Stopping Smoking

First of all, we want to emphasise this – you can do this! Sometimes, it can feel disheartening when quitting smoking is a struggle, but with the right resources you can achieve your goal.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

You can be prescribed NRT during pregnancy by a GP or an NHS stop smoking adviser. It can also be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy. If you vape, you should talk to your midwife or GP for one-to-one advice. Different kinds of NRT are;

  • patches
  • gum
  • inhalator
  • nasal spray
  • mouth spray
  • oral strips
  • lozenges
  • microtabs

Other Resources

Call NHS Smokefree helpline on 0300 123 1044 for more information, or ask a midwife to refer you.

Find your local stop smoking service here.

How Much Money You’ll Save By Quitting Smoking

For the average 40 a day smoker, you could save over £1500 a year if you quit! That works out as…

  • A nice holiday abroad each year
  • New clothes
  • Home improvements
  • Days out for you and your children
  • Savings for your child’s future
  • More date nights with your partner

£1500 is a LOT of money for most people – you can work out your own individual savings on the NHS cost calculator here.

We hope that this quick guide has helped you to access helpful resources, and that you’re able to quit smoking. It’s best for you, and your little ones, as well as the people around you, and you’ll reap so many benefits from ditching cigarattes.

Love from Katie & Team BBY. Xx

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