Did you know that the average amount of tar in a pack of 20 cigarettes is the equivalent to half a can of beer?! Each time you light up a cigarette, tar is made as the tobacco burns making it part of the cigarette smoke.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So how is tar harmful to your health?

Thankfully, not all of the tar stays in your lungs, some of it is exhaled and some is coughed up. However it is the tar that is responsible for the unsightly yellow-brown stains on your fingers and teeth.

The tar that is absorbed in the lungs can cause cells to die and cigarette smoke paralyses the fine hairs that help to protect you against infection. When these hairs are damaged, tar goes deeper into your lungs and leaves behind dangerous amounts which can lead to conditions like emphysema and lung cancer.

The good news is that chest and lung conditions like asthma and chest infections which are worsened by smoking can improve when you quit. The sooner you stop smoking the better your chances of recovering.

So, don’t delay, why not call Kickstart today

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Caroline Miller and I am the new specialist stop smoking practitioner for pregnancy based at Leighton Hospital. I am also a practising midwife.

There is strong evidence that reducing smoking in pregnancy reduces the likelihood of stillbirth. It also impacts positively on many other smoking-related pregnancy complications such as premature birth, miscarriage, low birth-weight and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Whether or not a woman smokes during her pregnancy has a far reaching impact on the health of the child throughout his or her life.

The national guidance wants to get the smoking at time of delivery rate down to 6% by 2022. Currently at Leighton Hospital this can be as high as 18-20% so there is a lot of work to do.

There was no one in the role before me for a few months so this has meant starting at the beginning.

I have already managed to set up clinics at the antenatal clinic and children’s centre in Crewe and am also visiting ladies at home. I have been promoting the service as much as I can.

I liaise closely with the midwives so they are confident in referring the women to see me. I have also joined a smoking focus group chaired by a consultant obstetrician who are working towards reducing the smoking rate in pregnant women.

I can also see partners of the pregnant ladies and staff members at Leighton Hospital as it works towards smoke free status.

I hope that I can have a positive impact in my role and see the smoking rates reduce so that our women, babies and families benefit from a healthier lifestyle in the future.