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Web Chat: Smoking Information: Mon 19th Oct 4:30-5pm

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 19th October 2015.

Do you know the impact that smoking can have on your health? Do you want to quit smoking or do you know somebody that does?  Are you feeling peer pressure to smoke and want to know how to say no?  Join us for a chat on Monday 19th October 4:30pm – 5pm and connect with other young people, ask questions, find answers and discuss.

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JumpingBear / 19 Oct 15:23

What's smoking?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 19 Oct 15:24

Hi this chat opens in six minutes

JumpingBear / 19 Oct 15:25

Let me just go for a quick smoke in that time

PinkSheep / 19 Oct 15:26

Did you know each cigarette you smoke cuts your life by 11 minutes?

JumpingBear / 19 Oct 15:26

Is that true?

PinkSheep / 19 Oct 15:30

Yeah i think so, that's what my mummy told me

PinkSheep / 19 Oct 15:30

and you get lung dizeezes

JumpingBear / 19 Oct 15:30

What about smoking shisha?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) JumpingBear / 19 Oct 15:34

Shisha does have a high tobacco content. Not all people are aware of that when using Shisha.

JumpingBear Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 19 Oct 15:37

is it worse than smoking normal fags?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) JumpingBear / 19 Oct 15:56

Hi neither are good for you, both contain harmful chemicals.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 19 Oct 15:31

Research has suggested on average each cigarette shortens your life between 7 - 11 minutes. Smoking is still the biggest killer of the human population.

PinkSheep / 19 Oct 15:32

What's shisha?

JumpingBear / 19 Oct 15:32

I'm finding it really difficult to stop smoking. I almost feel abit pressured

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) JumpingBear / 19 Oct 15:37

Hi I'm sorry your finding it difficult, ? are you feeling peer pressure from your friends. ? are you having support from a Stop Smoking Service who can offer support and also nicotine replacement.

JumpingBear Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 19 Oct 15:38

I've tried everything but anytime i'm stressed with school or home I turn to it

PinkSheep / 19 Oct 15:37

My older brother smoke a lot

PinkSheep / 19 Oct 15:37

He said you should, when you feel like smoking..

PinkSheep / 19 Oct 15:37

stop for a moment, take a deep breath, hold back & have a glass of water

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) PinkSheep / 19 Oct 15:41

Hi all distraction methods are useful. Example deep breath, using nicotine replacement which can be recommended from the age of twelve. I would advice your brother to get support from a Stop Smoking Service County 08006226968 or City 01164544000.

JumpingBear Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 19 Oct 15:43

I don't want them to know who i am if i call them.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) JumpingBear / 19 Oct 15:50

Hi they dont need know who you are, well done and dont worry it is only a good thing to support someone to stop smoking.

PinkSheep / 19 Oct 15:39

Most my friends smoke at school, they say it's fine and part of growing up.. how can i say no?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) PinkSheep / 19 Oct 15:45

Hi thank you for your message. Smoking is not fine there is 4000 chemicals in one cigarettes sixty are carcinogenic (Cancer causing substances)just a puff is enough to get you addicted to nicotine. Please stay strong and dont be peer pressured.

JumpingBear PinkSheep / 19 Oct 15:45

say your body is a temple and you choose to look after it :p

JumpingBear / 19 Oct 15:42

I've been smoking for 3 years now and I'm trying to stop.

PinkSheep JumpingBear / 19 Oct 15:46

Try nicotine patches, I've seen my brother try them and he nearly stopped for a while. Most of the time it's all in your mind.. even if something is addictive, if you tell yourself you want to stop & you know you mean it, you'll see it happen

JumpingBear PinkSheep / 19 Oct 15:47

I think for me I get stressed very easily and it makes me feel calm. I'll give them a go and see what happens

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) JumpingBear / 19 Oct 15:48

Hi well done for trying to stop ? you could ask your school nurse for support, or contact your county or city stop smoking service they will let you know what clinics are available in your area.

JumpingBear Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 19 Oct 15:50

I don't want to see a school nurse at school - it's embarrassing

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) JumpingBear / 19 Oct 15:54

Hi please dont be embarrassed school nurses are their to support you not judge you. It is always a good positive thing to make healthy choices for your health. All services with the school nurses are confidential.

JumpingBear / 19 Oct 15:46

give us 5 facts about smoking.

PinkSheep / 19 Oct 15:47

1) Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, including more than 70 cancer-causing chemicals and hundreds of other poisons.

PinkSheep / 19 Oct 15:47

2) Smoking damages the air sacs and airways in your lungs

PinkSheep / 19 Oct 15:47

3) It causes damage to blood vessels and raises your heart rate and blood pressure, which puts you at risk of heart disease and stroke

PinkSheep / 19 Oct 15:48

4) Smoking also affects the reproductive system and sex organs. so it will be harder to have babies when we are adults

PinkSheep / 19 Oct 15:48

5) Women who smoke are at a greater risk of developing breast and cervical cancer

PinkSheep / 19 Oct 15:51

Smoking is expensive, I heard my teacher saying. I've heard a good way to stop smoking or even cut down is to write down how much you spend on smoking, then write down what you could do with all that money you save.. then make a money jar!

JumpingBear / 19 Oct 15:51

How long does it take to stop smoking?!

PinkSheep JumpingBear / 19 Oct 15:52

Try setting a quit date! test yourself...

JumpingBear PinkSheep / 19 Oct 15:52

If i pass i'll have a fag to celebrate!

PinkSheep JumpingBear / 19 Oct 15:53

two's me on that...

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) PinkSheep / 19 Oct 15:59

Oh no dont joke two's is horrible sharing saliva you dont know what germs that person is carrying. Dont share.

JumpingBear / 19 Oct 15:53

I was joking mate. Allow that!

PinkSheep JumpingBear / 19 Oct 15:54

you spelt smoking* wrong mate...

JumpingBear / 19 Oct 15:54

i like smoking shisha it's fun and i don't see it being bad

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) JumpingBear / 19 Oct 16:02

Hi it is, you could do with getting your carbon monoxide levels read after using Shisha, you would be surprised at how high the level would be.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 19 Oct 16:04

Thank you all for taking part, enjoyed chatting to you. Please dont feel pressured, smoking does kill or is a major cause of most illnesses. Nicotine is one of the most addictive drug's there is.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 19 Oct 16:08

This chat is now closed, thanks for taking part.

Should you need anymore information on this topic, have a look at:

www.quit51.co.uk

The Health for Teens website tobacco page.

Alternatively you could speak to your parent/carer, a trusted adult, member of school staff, your school nurse or doctor. If there is an emergency then please contact 999 or visit A&E.

You can text your school nurse through the ChatHealth messaging service which runs Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm. If you go to school in Leicester City please text 07520 615386, if you go to school in Leicestershire county or Rutland then please text 07520 615387.

This chat is now closed!

This chat is now closed, thanks for taking part.

Should you need anymore information on this topic, have a look at:

www.quit51.co.uk

The Health for Teens website tobacco page.

Alternatively you could speak to your parent/carer, a trusted adult, member of school staff, your school nurse or doctor.  If there is an emergency then please contact 999 or visit A&E.

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