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Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.



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People who smoke have a greater chance of developing heart disease or having a heart attack compared to non-smokers.  Smoking also carries the risk of  developing other conditions such as cancer, and respiratory (lung) disease.


The heart is especially vulnerable to smoking.  Carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas found in tobacco smoke, binds to blood where oxygen should be so the heart has to work harder to get enough oxygen round the body and also to the heart muscle itself. Carbon monoxide also makes it easier for cholesterol to pass through into blood vessels & cause the fatty build up: this can lead to heart disease, angina & increases the chances of having a heart attack or stroke.

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Help available

Glasgow Pharmacy Stop Smoking Project
Starting Fresh – provides nicotine replacement therapy without the need for a G.P. visit
Support line – 0800 389 3210 – to find your nearest ‘Starting Fresh Pharmacy' offering this service
160 pharmacies in Glasgow can help you stop with 1 – 1 support

Smoking Concerns 0141 2019825 – for information on Glasgow Smoking Cessation Groups --- relaxed, informal & free.

N.H.S. Go smoke free
0800 169 0169
7am. – 11pm. every day
answer phone out of hours

NHS Pregnancy Smoking Helpline
0800 169 9169
12 midday – 9pm. every day

N.H.S. Greater Glasgow provides stop smoking support including NRT, a midwife is based in each of the Glasgow Maternity Hospitals.

N.H.S. Asian Tobacco Helpline
every Tues 1pm. –  9pm.
Urdu               0800 169 0881
Punjabi            0800 169 0882
Hindi               0800 169 0883
Gujarati           0800 169 0084
Bengali            0800 169 0885

Action on Smoking for Health (ASH) - 0207 739 5902 

British Lung Foundation Scotland
0141 2290318
Email:[email protected]

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Products available

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) – provided by Starting Fresh Pharmacies
which offers 12 weeks of NRT free or at prescription cost and weekly advice & support from a trained pharmacist (Glasgow Stop Smoking Project).

Available NRT Products

  • Nicotine patch  16 or 24 hour
  • Gum
  • Nasal spray
  • Inhaler cartridges
  • Microtabs
  • Lozenge

Important Facts:

  • Nicotine is the addictive part of the cigarette
  • NRT provides some of the nicotine you used to get from cigarettes
  • It provides nicotine more slowly, and in smaller quantity
  • NRT can be used safely by people with diabetes
  • It is not a magic cure, it helps with the withdrawal symptoms
  • Effort & determination are crucial, but NRT can nearly double your chance of success
  • Do not smoke once NRT has started
  • Complete the course

ZYBAN  (bupropion)

  • Reduces your urge to smoke
  • Available only on prescription from you Doctor
  • (has side effects)

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Last Updated: 06 February 2015