Kickstart Specialist Stop Smoking Service oversees and supports the delivery of the community-based stop smoking services across Cheshire East.
The community service provides free, friendly advice and support for people who are motivated to stop. Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Champix are available on prescription too.
Well (used to be Co-op) and Rowlands pharmacies now offer one-to-one consultations in branch and can be contacted directly to make an appointment. There are also group sessions available in Macclesfield organised by Healthbox and appointment-only clinics led by Wirral Community NHS Trust in Macclesfield and Crewe.
Please see full list below for further information and contact details or contact us on Freephone 0800 085 8818 if you have any other questions.
What is Vaping?
Professional advice if you are considering vaping as an aid to stopping smoking.
All vaping products operate using the same principals. A battery powers a coil which heats a liquid solution known as e-liquid. This produces a vapor which is then inhaled. However, these fundamentals can be applied in a large number of ways, and many products have been developed to meet the demands vapers have from their vape. Find out more about vaping.
Vaping is an alternative to smoking. It provides a vaper with the sensations, rituals and nicotine that smoking provides, but without smoke and the vast number of dangerous chemicals found in smoke. Vapers choose to use the products for a number of reasons; some because they want to save money, some for health reasons, and some for convenience. It is our belief that vapers should, as soon as they are able, transition fully away from smoking into vaping. Find out more about vaping.
Vaping is used as tobacco harm reduction. It has been estimated to be between two and three orders of magnitude safer than smoking, and this is the standard by which is should be judged. It is then, not risk free, but far preferable to smoking. It is also possible that some forms of vaping are safer than others. Our mission is to provide vapers with the best information available so they can make an informed choice on which products are appropriate for them. Find out more about vaping.
Catriona came to see me on the ward to discuss trying to stop smoking. Twelve months on I am still smoke free and feel so much better for it.
The invention of the e-cig is one of the best things that’s ever happened for me, and I just wanted the people you’re helping to know it IS possible to leave the cigarettes behind. I will very soon be giving up the vaping too once I get down to 0mg nicotine, and if I ever feel tempted to smoke again, I will pick up the ecig before lighting another cigarette.
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