Quit smoking. Free Nicotine Replacement Patches Available on the NHS
I have just heard on the BBC news this morning that the NHS will be giving a weeks supply of nicotine replacement therapy patches, completely free in their Quit kits. Available in England from January 2011 from pharmacists or apply on-line.
Now everyone knows about the damage caused to your health from smoking. We all know about the Cancer, Heart and Lung diseases. Circulation problems which if not caught soon enough could lead to gangrene and eventually amputation. Smelly clothes, stained teeth and bad breath, and yet millions of people like me, still smoke. I am smoking now as I write this. I can't help it. Just writing this makes me feel the need to light up another one.
I don't know about the rest of the world but our cigarette packets here in the UK, have warnings printed on them. Glorious full colour photographs of damaged lungs, people with throat cancer or babies for the pregnant women who smoke. Every form of propaganda is used to warn us of the dangers and yet we still do it.
Up until the coalition government came into power. We were constantly bombarded with television and radio advertisements telling us to quit. They have all been stopped now, due to cutbacks. So why is the NHS giving away free NRT patches?
Simple. The cost of treating the health problems related to smoking is astronomical. Over five billion pounds a year according to a British Heart Foundation funded research program. See here http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8086142.stm
The minister for health said that it would cost just two pounds a pack to give these patches away. That is two pounds of taxpayers money per pack you might say but just look at the savings to both health and financial aspects of our society.
Due to advertising cutbacks the anti-smoking lobby are worried that people won't hear of this give away. That is why I have written this hub. If in some way I and I hope many others publicise this, then the quit kits will be a success.
I will definitely be applying for one. For more information please go to:http://smokefree.nhs.uk/