This clinic service is free of charge.
If you live in the Birmingham wards you can receive medications free of charge for 12 weeks; if you do pay for your prescriptions you can pay a one-off fee of £9.15 for 12 weeks of supply of medications.
You can choose from the following options:
- Telephone: We will call you at the time of your appointment
- Video conferencing: You get the link for a call with your stop smoking advisor (you do not need to switch on the camera)
You can choose between a telephone call or online video call. The video call can be one way where you see us but we don’t see you or 2 way: we can see each other.
Firstly we discuss the reasons why you are making this potentially life-changing decision to quit smoking. We discuss the benefits to your current and future health and how we can help you build and sustain your motivation to quit.
The good news is that you will feel the health benefits of quitting straight away. For example, blood pressure, which is elevated by smoking is reduced. Also, raised carbon monoxide levels in your blood, as a result of smoking, return to normal, within one day of quitting, providing you with more energy and less susceptibility to infections such as colds and flu. Your chest will feel clear and persistent coughs should stop or reduce within 3 days. You will also be able to get back your sense of taste and smell and enjoy food again.
Secondly we try to understand why you are addicted to cigarettes. Many of our patients are aware that it is nicotine, which is the chemical, that you are addicted to and which is in the cigarette smoke you breathe in. Nicotine actually happens to be a relatively safe chemical, when compared with the other 7000 chemicals in a cigarette. 60 of these have been linked to cancer. Nicotine gives us a pleasurable sensation. Patients often describe this effect, when they have their first cigarette of the day. The Online quit smoking programme provides you with advice for clinically proven prescription treatments, which contain nicotine and help you quit by reducing your urge to smoke.
Thirdly we discuss the most appropriate therapy for you and suggest how you can receive these treatments.
You are eligible for the service if
- you are not under 18 years of age
- you do not suffer from a heart condition
- you are not taking one of the following medications: Theophylline, aminophylline, clozapine, olanzapine, erlotinib, riociguat, warfarin, chlorpromazine, methadone
(N.B Theophylline is used in asthma, may be called Nuelin, Slo-Phyllin or Uniphyllin Continus)
Otherwise, we advise you to visit your GP due to potential interactions with the above treatments and quitting smoking or taking medications to quit smoking.