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In the last ten years whilst adult smoking rates have fallen, rates among teenagers have continued to rise.

Smoking remains the largest cause of preventable disease and is responsible for around 78,000 deaths in the UK each year.

Children who begin smoking before the age of 16 are twice as likely to continue to smoke into adulthood as those who start smoking later.

Stopping children and young people from starting is a high priority. Helping those who do begin, to stop as soon as possible, is equally important.

Vaping is known to be increasing in the UK. Ideally young people would not start vaping either but experts believe it carries significantly less risk than cigarettes. Vaping can be used as part of a supported plan to stop smoking.

  • Schools can play a part in helping children and young people stay smoke free. Giving opportunities to think about the influence of peer pressure on their decision making. Alongside helping them understand the affects of tobacco in the short and longer term.

    Open discussion and information are more likely to be effective than scare tactics -when dealing with pupils managing the challenges of the teenage brain. This pre-disposes them to be pleasure seeking and risk taking.

    Clear boundaries and expectations in relation to tobacco use in and around school are also important
    Some schools may identify an immediate need for smoking cessation input. It may be that multiple young people within the setting are using tobacco products.

    One option is to train a smoking cessation advisor within the school to undertake targeted sessions. This could be as part of group or one to one sessions.

    Resources such as the ‘One You’ - What Happens when you Quit Smoking infographic can also help young people visualise the ‘quit process’.

    Health for Teens website has good section’s on both tobacco smoking and e-cigarette use among young people.’

    Information regarding e-cigarettes can also be found on the NHS Smokefree website.

    There may be pupils that you feel require greater support than you can provide. Some students may want support to quit smoking but would prefer this not to be in school.

    Services will depend on where the student lives; check out the links below to check what is available to your pupils.

    Students can be referred or signposted to Smokefree Norfolk.

    The NHS under 18’s guide to quitting smoking and is a useful tool to share with students who do not wish to attend face to face sessions but would like advice on quitting

    Students who would like daily support and added motivation but do not want to attend face to face sessions can be signposted to the NHS Smokefree app available on both android and iOS platforms.

How Can We Help?

Just One Norfolk Access the health advice website to explore a variety of health issues. This website is consistently being reviewed and updated.

Parent Activation Measure This helps parents think about their knowledge skills and confidence in understanding and supporting their children or unborn babies.

Just One Number Call to speak to a health professional by phoning 0300 300 0123. They will be able to provide initial advice and support and guide next steps with us or signpost you to other more relevant agencies and professionals. It is available 08.00 to 18.00 Monday to Friday and 09.00 to 13.00 on Saturdays

ChatHealth Children and Young people can access us through our text messaging service on 07480635060. They will be able to discuss any health concerns with one of our Practitioners and also be able to request an appointment if they would prefer to meet with us.

Parent Line Parents can access our services by texting our number 07520631590 . This allows them to access the advice and support from a clinician about any health issues affecting their children aged 0-19.

JustOneNorfolk Health Passport app Young people age 16-19 can download this app on apple or android phones. It provides young people age 16-19 with general health information and advice to increase health literacy. It signposts to services and promotes self care. It aims to increase resilience and wellbeing and to find out how to access health services.

Health Unlocked Parents can be signposted to this. It is a carefully monitored online community forum which allows local parents and carers to talk with each other regarding issues affecting their children. This can be accessed through our Just One Norfolk website.

Solihull Parenting Online For our Norfolk parents there is the opportunity to access this free of charge through JustOneNorfolk. It supports parents in understanding their children from 0-19 via 4 modules.
Staff working with children and families will also benefit from this – or they can book to do the two day Solihull Training provided by our service by contacting karin.bibby@nhs.net

 

 

 

 

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