Want to Stop Smoking?
1. Talk to your GP or Practice Nurse
Many people don’t realise that their Surgery can help them quit smoking. But we can do a lot, such as enrolling you in our ‘stop smoking’ clinic and prescribing nicotine replacement therapy such as patches and gum, or stop smoking medication such as Champix or Zyban.
Find out more about how your GP can help you quit.
2. Get a free ‘Quit Kit’
The kit is packed with practical tools and advice to help you stop smoking, including a ‘tangle’ to keep hands busy, a wallchart to keep track of your progress, stress-busting MP3 downloads, information on medicines that can help you stop smoking and exercises to improve your willpower.
3. Get a ‘cheerleader’ and stop smoking togetherSign up for the NHS Smokefree Together Programme and you’ll receive a supportive phone call, email and text the week before you quit, the day you quit and the following week.
4. Have an emergency phone number
Keep an emergency number, perhaps for your local NHS Stop Smoking Service.
Read more about how to cope with cravings.
5. Consider using NRT
Nicotine is addictive, and self-control alone might not be enough. Give yourself a better chance of success by using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). This is available either free or on prescription from your GP, depending on where you live or from your local NHS Stop Smoking Service.
Find your nearest NHS Stop Smoking Service from the NHS Smokefree website, or call 0800 022 4332. Or, you can buy nicotine patches, gum and so on over the counter from a pharmacy.
6. Email an expertAsk an expert for advice through NHS Smokefree’s Ask an expert service.
7. Get online help
Use our stop smoking tool to get daily tips for success.
Read more about the stop smoking treatments available on the NHS.