Quit Your Way

The Quit Your Way DG Service offers smokers throughout Dumfries and Galloway help in stopping smoking.

Call 0845 602 6861 or Email dgsmokingmatters@nhs.net

Stop Smoking Support

Both Quit Your Way DG Service & all community pharmacies in Dumfries and Galloway provide support to help you in stopping smoking. Throughout your attempt to stop smoking you will receive:
  • Encouragement & support
  • A service tailored for your individual needs
  • Stop smoking medication
  • A non-judgmental and person centered approach
  • Information about smoking, tobacco & nicotine addiction
  • Follow ups for up to one year after your first appointment
  • Monitoring carbon monoxide levels in your body

Contact & Latest News

E-CIGS DEFINITELY LESS HARMFUL THAN SMOKING

Key stakeholders in tobacco and health in Scotland have agreed for the first time that using e-cigarettes is definitely less harmful than smoking tobacco. Based on the current evidence, the consensus is also clear that using e-cigarettes while still smoking (dual use) does not provide health benefits.

NHS Health Scotland led the consensus with over 20 partners in the NHS, Scottish Government, third sector and academia. Its aim is to clarify any confusion around the harms and benefits of using e-cigarettes.

Dr Andrew Fraser, Director of Public Health Science at NHS Health Scotland said:

“Recent research has shown an emerging perception among the general public that e-cigarettes are just as harmful to health as tobacco is. This is a not the case – we know from current evidence that vaping carries less risk than smoking tobacco. So it would be a good thing if smokers used e-cigarettes instead of smoking tobacco.

“To be absolutely clear, e-cigarettes are useful for public health and health service purposes only as a potential route towards stopping smoking completely. Access to e-cigarettes needs to be controlled carefully; they are not products for children or non-smokers.”

Linda Bauld, Professor of Health Policy (University of Stirling) and CRUK BUPA Chair in Behavioural Research for Cancer Prevention:

“It is good to see NHS Health Scotland and partners making it clear that e-cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco.

“We also need to get the point across to people that, based on what we know to date, that dual use (using e-cigarettes without stopping smoking) is still bad for your health. So we would strongly encourage anyone who is using both to stop smoking tobacco as soon as they can.”

Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland said:

“This statement brings some clarity to an issue which has caused confusion. There is now agreement that vaping e-cigarettes carriesless risk than smoking tobacco.
“Although we still don’t know the long-term health effects of vaping, we can be confident that any smoker switching entirely to e-cigarettes will be taking in far fewer cancer-causing chemicals.Tobacco is lethal and I’d encourage anyone who smokes to find a way of quitting that works for them, which could include using e-cigarettes, and to make use of the free NHS stop-smoking support available to help.”
More information 
For support to Stop Smoking or Stop Vaping contact:
Smoking Matters
tel: 0845 602 6861 email: dgsmokingmatters@nhs.net
text: 07736 955 211

Clinic Locations

There are a number of clinic locations across Dumfries and Galloway where Stop Smokng Clinics are held on a regular basis.  These locations are all easily accessible and are mainly in medical premises in each of the towns and villages. Most clinics are held between the hours of 9am and 5pm and some locations as indicated also hold evening clinics for the convenience of clients.

We try to be as accessible as possible and hold drop in sessions at some clinics where you can see an adviser at a time that suits you.  For more information contact dgsmokingmatters@nhs.net or call 0845 602 6861. 

ANNANDALE AND ESKDALE
Annan Hospital (& evening)
Charles Street Health Clinic, Annan
Lockerbie Medical Practice
Gretna Surgery
Lochmaben Hospital
Ecclefechan Surgery
High Street Surgery, Moffat
Langholm Health Centre

NITHSDALE
North West Resource Centre, College Drive, Lincluden (& evening)
Lochthorn Medical Centre, Edinburgh Road, Dumfries
Thornhill Health Centre
St Michaels Medical Centre, St Michaels Bridge Road, Dumfries
Sanquhar Health Centre
Greyfriars Medical Centre, Dumfries
Gillbrae Medical Centre, Dumfries

STEWARTRY
Garden Hill Primary Care Centre, Outpatients Department, Castle Douglas
Castle Douglas Community Centre (evening)
Kirkcudbright Health Centre
New Galloway Surgery
Gatehouse Surgery
Craignair Health Centre, Dalbeattie

WIGTOWNSHIRE
Drummore Clinic
Galloway Community Hospital, Stranraer (& evening)
Newton Stewart Health Centre
Whithorn Surgery
Wigtown Surgery
Sandhead Surgery
Four Winds Surgery, Glenluce
Location of clinics on the map below marked in red

Smoking in Pregnancy

The Smoking Matters Service works closely with the NHS Dumfries and Galloway Midwifery Service and has developed an opt-out referral system for all pregnant women in Dumfries and Galloway.

  • Anyone who is pregnant and is a smoker will automatically be referred on to the Smoking Matters Maternity Programme by the patients midwife.
  • One of our specialist advisers will then try and contact the patient to see if they would like to go ahead with a quit attempt.
  • Our advisers are very understanding and after discussing the effects of smoking during pregnancy, the mum-to-be will learn of the benefits of stopping smoking for both mum and baby, and of the support that is available to her if she would like to enter on to the programme and have a quit attempt.
  • The decision of whether to go ahead with a stop smoking attempt or to opt-out of the Smoking Matters Maternity Programme is left entirely to the patient.

What can happen if I continue to smoke when pregnant?

An expectant mother who smokes passes nicotine and carbon monoxide to the foetus via her bloodstream which means that basically the unborn child becomes a passive smoker and the oxygen reaching the baby is cut down.

Smoking during pregnancy has been linked to:

  • Miscarriage
  • Bleeding
  • Stillbirth
  • Low birth weight
  • Cot death
  • Premature birth
  • Poor foetus growth
  • Early breathing problems
  • Vulnerability to infection/disease

The health of a pregnant smoker and the baby can be improved by stopping smoking and other people should be discouraged from smoking in the company of a pregnant woman. By stopping smoking the benefits to the baby’s health take effect immediately. Ideally a smoker should give up before they become pregnant but it is never too late – even in the latter stages of pregnancy the birthing process can benefit from stopping smoking. Often women just ‘go off’ cigarettes when they are having a baby but for some it is a choice that has to be made and stopping will be more achievable if you opt-in to the programme. Stopping smoking will improve your fitness and health and so make it easier for you to ‘carry’ the baby and to cope better with the actual birth.

Many women go back to smoking after their baby is born but you can find support and help so that you don’t go back as you will already be feeling the benefits of having not smoked for some time. Always remember smoking around babies and young children can cause health problems through passive or second hand smoking so it is always best to try and continue not smoking for the sake of your own health and that of your family.

What does smoking do to my baby?

Babies born to smokers are twice as likely to suffer from bronchitis and/pneumonia in their early part of life.
They can suffer breathing disorders, coughing, phlegm and wheezing.
Severity of asthma
Could be responsible for up to 25% of cot deaths
Associated with decreased physical and poor intellectual development
Always remember that during pregnancy babies are depending on mum to provide the best possible conditions for growth and once born, babies and children rely on parents and carers to provide a safe environment.

Tried before and haven’t succeeded?

Don’t worry if you have difficulty in stopping smoking. We understand that its very hard to do and the pressures of pregnancy can make it even harder. You can have as many quit attempts as you need to reach your goal of stopping and we will support you in every way possible. Your midwife will give you the opportunity to enter the programme at every appointment and you can contact Smoking Matters direct on 0845 6026861 or email dgsmokingmatters@nhs.net to arrange appointment to meet with a specialist advisor.

Call the NHS Smokeline on 0800 848484 between 8am and 10pm or visit http://www.gosmokefree.nhs.uk/

Your Quit Journey

Thinking of stopping smoking?

If you are thinking about stopping smoking the best thing to do is to make a plan of how you are going to do it. Think about:

Have you ever tried before?

If you have then what helped, what could you do differently this time?

If you haven’t tried before then think about what support is available to you.

REMEMBER you are 4 times more likley to have a long term succesful quit if you use a specialist stop smoking service than if you go it using willpower alone.

The Smoking Matters Service will help you to plan your quit attempt to suit your needs and to prepare you for a long term successful quit.

Taking action to stop smoking

and stick to it.

Get everything in your plan ready for this date.

If you are using the Smoking Matters Service then we will help you to do this and discuss what things you need to think about such as:

What product will be best for you

How to cope with cravings

How to deal with difficult situations

How to deal with emotional situations

If you find that things aren’t going according to plan then we will help you to adapt. We are always available at the other end of the phone and we will help you to adapt your plan to help you through difficult times.

REMEMBER having the support of a specialist smoking cessation advisor will make your quit attempt much easier than going it alone.

Staying Stopped

Sometimes the quit seems to get even more difficult as time passes.

The first few weeks have seemed relatively easy and then suddenly the craving to smoke becomes worse than ever.

This can be pretty normal but it is a dangerous time for relapse.

Having support from a specialist smoking cessation advisor will help you to:

Remain motivated

Focus on the positive aspects of stopping smoking

Ensure you have the apporpriate product to help with the cravings

Work through this difficult phase and help you to succeed with long term abstinence

 Relapse – Smoking again

If your quit attempt has broken down and you’ve started smoking again then this is not a sign that you cannot stop.

This is a pretty normal phase in the cycle of stopping smoking.

Most people take a few attempts before they manage to stop for good, some people take many attempts.

It is important that you use your experience from all your previous quit attempts to make your next quit attempt even more successful.

At The Smoking Matters Service we will welcome you back and our specialist smoking cessation advisors will help you to focus on the positive aspects of previous quit attempts and to see that relapse can be used to make your next attempt even more successful.

The most important thing is that you work on your motivation and be ready and prepared to start again with your next stop smoking plan.

Frequent Asked Questions

The Quit Your Way Service offers smokers through out Dumfries and Galloway help in stopping smoking.

An appointment will be arranged for you to meet with one of our advisers who will provide you with advice and support to help you achieve your goal to stop smoking. You will meet with one of our advisers in a Health Care Setting, e.g. your local GP surgery or Community Setting. Appointments are normally on a one-to-one basis which last a maximum of 30 minutes. If this does not suit we also runs groups in some areas.

You will meet with your adviser fortnightly over a period of 3 months. We aim to provide a flexible service and can also offer evening appointments in Annan, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Stranraer for smokers who cannot manage to day time clinics.

We contact your GP who provides us with an approval for use of what medication is suitable for you to aid your quit attempt.  Once we have approval we can provide a course of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) in various forms such as patch, gum, oral spray, lozenge etc.  Based on suitabilty we can also recommend the use of Champix or Zyban. 

Yes. When you first meet your adviser there will be no expectation for you to stop smoking there and then. Our advisers will give you information on stopping smoking and can provide you with leaflets to take away and if you feel you would like to set a quit date then a further appointment can be arranged.

Yes. Many smokers take more than one attempt before they are successful in the long term and we will happily support you again.

Yes. The Quit Your Way Service have a special project running called Born 2 Quit.  Quit Your Way work closely with the Midwifery Team to ensure that all pregnant women who are smokers are contacted by a specialist stop smoking advisor in order to discuss their smoking behaviour.

Yes. The Quit Your Way Service have a project set up for young smokers across the region called Want 2 Quit. You can be seen in one of our clinics or we can arrange with your Head teacher or Guidance Teacher to come along to your school.

All clients who refer in to the service are asked for a contact number and whether we can leave a message or not. If your parents do not know then we will make all contact via text or e-mail, whichever you would prefer.

The Quit Your Way Service is confidential and your any personal information is protected under the Data Protection Act 1998.

The admin team in Quit Your Way will contact your GP by letter to get approval for you to use NRT if appropriate.

The admin team in Quit Your Way will contact your GP by letter to get approval for you to use NRT if appropriate.

When you have finished your course a letter will be sent with your progress and outcome of your quit attempt.

If you are housebound Quit Your Way DG can visit you at home. First we will contact your GP to see if you attend GP appointments, if so then we arrange to see you after or before a doctor’s appointment at your surgery.

You can contact Quit Your Way DG directly on 0845 602 6861 and the admin team will take your personal details and organise an appointment for you if possible. You can also email dgsmokingmatters@nhs.net  or text on 07736 955 211 and someone will get back to you.

ANYONE who is registered with a GP in Dumfries and Galloway can use the Quit Your Way Service. Your GP, practice nurse, district nurse, health visitor, dentist, podiatrist or pharmacist can refer you too.

You can contact Quit Your Way DG directly on 0845 602 6861 and the admin team will take your personal details and organise an appointment for you if possible. You can also email dgsmokingmatters@nhs.net  or text on 07736 955 211 and someone will get back to you.

ANYONE who is registered with a GP in Dumfries and Galloway can use the Quit Your Way Service. Your GP, practice nurse, district nurse, health visitor, dentist, podiatrist or pharmacist can refer you too.

How soon after I have referred myself can I expect an appointment?
You will be seen by a specialist stop smoking advisor as soon as possible and we aim for your appointment to be within 2 weeks. If you would like to get started your quit attempt straight away we can do this over the phone before your first appointment. If you require a specific time then we will try and accomodate.

If you are unable to attend an appointment please cancel by phoning 0845 602 6861, text 07736 955 211 or email dgsmokingmatters@nhs.net.  This allows us to allocate the time to someone else.

We have an adviser who attends Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and Mountainhall Treatment Centre. If you are an inpatient and would like to see the adviser please contact the service directly or ask a member of staff and this can be arranged for you.

Useful Links and Leaflets

Second Hand Smoke Leaflet

Can Stop Smoking  – NHS Inform offers help and support to smokers who want to quit

NHS Smoke Free – an NHS stop smoking site for quitters.

ASH Scotland – Tobacco and smoking fact sheets, statistics, news, projects, policies, resources

Gasp – A resource based website for purchasing materials.

British Heart Foundation – Provides support to quitters and for professionals.

Choices for Life – a website giving useful information about life choices for young people.

Smokeline –  0800 84 84 84 open daily 8am – 10pm

Our Team

Quit Your Way Service

Tel: 0845 602 6861

Email: dgsmokingmatters@nhs.net

Text: 07736 955 211

Central Office Base:

Gardenhill Primary Care Centre
2 Gardenhill Road
Castle Douglas
DG7 1EE

The Team

Tobacco Control Lead
Trish Grierson

Tobacco Control Officer

Smoking Prevention Officer
Lisa Ashby

Stop Smoking Advisers
Rebecca Brown
June Ferries
Jackie McClurg
Trish Smith
Linda Ward
Alison Wellburn
Abbie Robertson

Office Manager
Sharon Wilson

Administrative Assistant
Jenna Moore
Whether for health or wealth reasons you want to attempt to stop smoking, but are apprehensive about doing it alone, Quit Your Way DG is here to help, support, advise and assist you in your quit attempt and access to the Service is easy. Either contact reception or practice nurse/GP in your Medical Practice who will refer you to the Service or contact Smoking Matters direct on freephone no: 0845 6026861 or text: 07736 955 211 or email: dgsmokingmattters@nhs.net

Second Hand Smoke

What is Second Hand Smoke?

Second Hand Smoke is smoke that is breathed in from other people’s tobacco smoke. It is caused by smoke that is blown out when someone is smoking or it comes from the tip of a cigarette that has been left to burn.

There are over 4000 chemicals in every cigarette. Many poisonous substances can stay in a room or car for months after the cigarette has been stubbed out.

Second Hand Smoke will:

  • Quickly spread to other rooms in your house even if a window is open
  • Stick to clothes, walls, furniture, carpets and toys
  • Increase the risks of health problems for your family, friends and pets

Second Hand Smoke Leaflet

What are the dangers to children?

We all want the best for our children so make sure you protect them from the effects of Second Hand Smoke. Children and babies who live in homes or travel in cars where people smoke have greater chance of:

Becoming ill with coughs and ear infections
Suffering from on-going chest problems such as wheezing, asthma and bronchitis
Dying from cot death (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome – SIDS)

FACT – Each year in Britain 9,500 are admitted to hospital because of the effects of second-hand smoke

FACT – Children are more at risk because their lungs are still growing and their immune system is still developing

What can I do to keep my family safe from second hand smoke?

Make your home a smoke free home and ask friends and family to smoke outside

Avoid smoking or allowing other people to smoke in your car at all times

FACT – Children learn habits from the people closest to them. If they live with someone who smokes they are 3 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO SMOKE themselves when they grow up.

Some Myths

Once smoke has visibly cleared from the room, the danger from second-hand smoke has gone
Opening windows and doors, or restricting smoking to one room will get rid of second-hand smoke
Winding down windows in the car and blowing the smoke out stops the smoke from getting into the car

PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND MAKE YOUR HOME AND CAR SMOKEFREE

For help and support contact: 0845 602 6861