Stopping smoking

Local stopping smoking support services

Lifestyle on Prescription aims to encourage lifestyle changes, showing that common conditions can be improved through behaviour changes.

NHS quit smoking information

The NHS quit smoking support pages offer advice, support and also related facts.

Smoking can have a major impact on your health including how long you live for.

  • Smokers under the age of 40 have a five times greater risk of a heart attack than non-smokers
  • Smoking causes around 80% of deaths from lung cancer, around 80% of deaths from bronchitis and emphysema, and about 14% of deaths from heart disease

Cheshire East Council commissions the One You Cheshire East service where you can choose to be Smoke Free and change your life for the better!

The service supports:

  • pregnant women and their partners
  • mental health service users
  • people who have been in hospital and have recently been discharged.

In addition to this, free non-specialist smoking services are available in the community from a range of different organisations as part of the Council’s ‘One You Cheshire East’ service.


E-cigarettes can be helpful in aiding adults to quit smoking, but there is a concern about children and young people using them.  

Vaping is not recommended for children and young people.

“If the choice is between smoking and vaping, choose vaping.

If the choice is between vaping and fresh air, choose fresh air”.

Dr Jeanelle De Gruchy, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England

Vaping amongst young people

  • The prevalence of vaping in England  in 11-18 year olds has risen from 4.8% in 2020 to 8.6% in 2022
  • In the North West, 14% of young people claim to vape regularly, as rise from 6% in 2020
  • In Cheshire East, 12% of 14-17 year olds claim to vape regularly, a rise from 7% in 2020 but
  • In Cheshire East the level of 14-17 year olds who had never tried vaping increased from 47% in 2020 to 58% in 2023
  • In January 2024 the government announced that the sale and supply of disposable vapes is being banned in England, Scotland and Wales because of their appeal to young people.
  • Adults will still have access to non-disposable vapes to help them to stop smoking. However, the council encourages the use of reusable vapes for environmental reasons. .

Resources which provide information and resources for young people and those who support them

Page last reviewed: 25 June 2024

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