Tobacco

‘Smokefree Hebrides’, led by Health Promotion, is the stop-smoking service for the Western Isles and provides confidential advice and information on a one-to-one or group basis. Friendly help and support is available, as well as information on the full range of Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT).

‘Smokefree Hebrides’ are involved in many activities to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking and encourage people to stop smoking.

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Our preferred method of referral is via SCI Gateway, but we are happy however to take referrals by telephone, post or e-mail as we can add to SCI and record the referral source to reflect individual departments. For further information or guidance please do not hesitate to contact any of the ‘Smokefree Hebrides’ teams, located across the Western Isles. To view the NHSWI identified groups and leads for action across the Western Isles, please click here.

For further details about ‘Smokefree Hebrides’, or if you have a query about NRT products and how they can help you become smokefree, please contact us at: (01851) 701623 or e-mail smokefreehebrides@nhs.net.


Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) – What is it?

Nicotine is the highly addictive substance in cigarettes that causes you to become addicted to smoking. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) works by releasing nicotine steadily into your bloodstream at much lower levels than in a cigarette. Using NRT avoids smokers taking in the tar, carbon monoxide and other poisonous chemicals present in tobacco smoke.

Nicotine replacement Therapy, helps control your cravings for a cigarette.  This  happen when your body starts to miss the nicotine from smoking.  NRT comes in different forms, including:

  • skin patches.
  • chewing gum.
  • inhalators, which look like plastic cigarettes through which nicotine is inhaled.
  • tablets and lozenges, which you put under your tongue.
  • nasal spray.
  • mouth spray.
  • Oral Strips/Film.

Note.  All tobacco products are harmful, including: chewing tobacco, snuff, bidis, water pipes (shisha), along with the better known cigarettes and pipes.


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