Stop smoking - protect your child's health

Why Quit?

Smoking is harmful to your child. Even if you don't smoke in the same room as them, smoke remains on your clothing and in your breath for several hours after your last cigarette.

Recognised health complications include:

  • Cot death (also known as sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS) - this is twice as likely in babies whose mother smokes
  • Asthma - your child is more likely to develop asthma and experience more frequent and severe asthma attacks
  • Other serious breathing problems such as pneumonia
  • Meningitis
  • Ear infections which may cause long term hearing loss
  • Increase numbers of viral infections

You could also save at least £2,750 a year by quitting a 20 cigarette a day habit!

Help Me Quit

Help Me Quit is the single point of contact for smokers who want to stop smoking in Wales.

Help Me Quit is:

  • a single brand for NHS stop smoking services in Wales

  • a bilingual website with information on all NHS stop smoking services in Wales

  • a contact centre team that provides smokers with access to all NHS stop smoking services including community pharmacy, Stop Smoking Wales and hospital based services.

  • making it easier for smokers to choose the best NHS stop smoking support for them in their local area

  • the best choice a smoker can make to quit smoking.

Visit the Help Me Quit website for further information:

How to refer to Help Me Quit

Smokers can access support via two routes.

Route 1 – Professional referrals

Smokers can be referred via another organisation such as their Health Professional (e.g GP, Dentist or Midwife), a local authority scheme, workplace or via a third sector organisation.


Personalised accounts for your organisation can be created via the e-referral system known as Quit Manager or you can use the Help Me Quit referral form for professionals online.


These referrals will be processed within 48 hours and the Help Me Quit contact centre team will call the client directly from a private/ withheld number.


For more information on establishing a referral route, e-mail the Help Me Quit team:


Or visit the Help Me Quit Professional Referrer form page.


Route 2 – Self-referral

Smokers can refer themselves for stop smoking support directly through a number of routes:

  • Calling (Freephone): 0800 085 2219

  • Texting (cost one standard rate message): HMQ to 80818

Online by completing the short Request a Call-back’ form


Improving the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of expectant mothers, infants, children and young people throughout Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Area.

(N.B: The Family and Therapies team at ABUHB is NOT responsible for the content on the webpage links that we refer to in our resource sections and linked information to external sites. All information was accurate and appropriate at the time the webpage was created.)

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