'Live well with LiveWire'

Quitting smoking is the most important thing you can do for you and your baby. If you are pregnant or planning to have children, a LiveWire Lifestyles advisor has all the essential tools available to help you kick the habit.

If you are planning to conceive, quitting smoking will increase your fertility, make your labour easier and ensure your baby is born at a healthy weight.

 If you wish to stop smoking you are welcome to visit one of the community drop-ins where the advisors are fully trained to work with pregnant women in helping them quit. If you prefer, you can contact the Specialist Smoking Cessation Midwife who will visit you at home. The Specialist Smoking Cessation Midwife will visit you at home for 8-12 weeks; they can visit you from as early as 5-6 weeks into your pregnancy up until 28 days post natal.

Remember, quitting is not only the responsibility of the mother but also the father and anyone living in the home. If you are exposed to second-hand smoke you’re also exposing your baby to second-hand smoke. Supporting each other throughout this special period is important and can be much easier when there is more than one of you trying to quit.

For more information about the dangers of smoking whilst pregnant contact Warrington Midwives Team on 01925 662260 or LiveWire Lifestyles Team: freephone 0300 003 0818.

LiveWire is committed to helping and educating children and young people about the dangers of smoking and supporting them to quit. It is designed for people aged 12 – 18 years who want to quit without having to see their doctor and is strictly confidential.

Young people have access to all of our community sessions as well as online and telephone support.

Whilst there you can get products to help you with nicotine withdrawal along with help and support whilst you’re trying to quit.

Livewire also attend schools and youth services to educate young people about the dangers of smoking, giving them knowledge about quitting and where to access their local service. If you would like more information about the young people’s provision in LiveWire please contact any of the following;

  • youth worker
  • school nurse
  • pastoral support team in school
  • Lifestyles team - call us on 0300 003 0818 or click the 'chat now' for online support.

If you are a school teacher and would like a Lifestyles Stop Smoking advisor to provide you with information on Stop Smoking for young people, then please contact LiveWire Lifestyles Team for free on: 0300 003 0818.

If you live or work in Warrington, LiveWire can provide you with friendly and helpful Stop Smoking support and advice. Remember, you’re four times more likely to quit successfully with support than if you go it alone.

There are many methods of support available for you.  These include having one-to-one appointments or attending drop-in sessions, where no appointment is necessary. LiveWire advisors work with you to create a quit plan.  This includes setting a quit date and handy tips on how to overcome craving barriers whilst continually supporting you throughout the entire process.

LiveWire is committed to helping you stop smoking and has already supported hundreds on their way to becoming smoke free.

Sign up today with the Lifestyles Stop Smoking team. Drop-in session details are available on the timetable below or alternatively contact us on the freephone number: 0300 003 0818

If you're concerned with putting on weight whist trying to quit LiveWire also offer a number of Stop Smoking and Weight Management sessions where you can access both programmes at the same time. Click here to view joint timetable.

Just because you have tried to go smoke free before and have not succeeded, does not mean that you can’t do it. LiveWire is committed to helping you get back on track. Remember, more people than you think have had to try more than once before successfully quitting.

LiveWire's Lifestyles Team are there to help you try again and again if needs be. With regular Stop Smoking sessions taking place throughout Warrington there is no time like the present to give up. View the timetable for a session taking place near you or  alternatively call one of the Lifestyles helpful advisors on freephone 0300 003 0818.

If you're concerned with putting on weight whist trying to quit LiveWire also offer a number of Stop Smoking and Weight Management sessions where you can access both programmes at the same time. Click here to view joint timetable.

Some people find Nicotine cravings the hardest thing to deal with when quitting. If you are struggling from withdrawal symptoms and need that extra boost to stop you smoking, try out some of the licensed stop smoking medicines.

Different Stop Smoking Products

  • Patches are normally worn around the clock and can be stuck onto your arm or a discreet place underneath clothing. Patches will release nicotine directly into the bloodstream and work effectively for a 16 to 24 hour period.
  • Lozenges can be bought in mint or cherry flavour. Once one has been placed in the mouth it slowly dissolves and releases nicotine into the body.
  • Nicotine chewing gum - is available in two strengths and is dependent on how much you smoke. It is recommended that 4gm gum is the appropriate amount for people smoking approximately 20 cigarettes a day. Once the gum becomes either hot or strong, rest it on the inside of your cheek and remove after one hour.
  • Nasal spray is recommended for heavy smokers and is ideal for a swift and quick dose of nicotine through the nose. The nasal spray should be sprayed once into each nostril twice every hour. When used regularly it is the fastest of way of getting nicotine into the bloodstream in comparison to the chewing gum and lozenges.
  • Microtab is a small tablet you place underneath the tongue to dissolve. It is recommended that you avoid swallowing or chewing the Microtab as there can be unwanted side effects. Microtabs are suitable for those who are reducing the amount of cigarettes they are smoking each day.
  • Mouth spray is a liquid spray which tastes similar to strong mouthwash. For maximum effect one spray should be directed to the inside of your cheek or under your tongue.

Prescription Stop Smoking Products for 18 years and over

  • Champix is a prescription medication taken twice a day, once at breakfast and once with your evening meal for a 12 week period. Champix is not available if you are pregnant. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, you will need to discuss this with the advisor as not all treatments are suitable for everybody.
  • Zyban is a prescription medication which you take twice a day, once at breakfast and once with your evening meal for a 9 week period. It comes in tablet form and should be taken two weeks before your quit date to help with the overall nicotine cravings.

It is advised you speak to your doctor before taking either Champix or Zyban.