Who is there to help?

Quitting smoking can be hard, but there is plenty of support available:

Talk to your local GP or practice nurse

To make the conversation about quitting smoking easier, download the ‘Questions to ask your doctor' and take it along to your appointment. You could ask:

  • What’s the best way for me to quit smoking?

  • How long will it take for me to quit?

  • What should I expect when I quit smoking?

Download questions

Visit your local stop smoking clinic

Receive personalised, free
advice to help you to quit.

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The NHS can offer support

There are many ways the NHS can support you to quit smoking. Whether you prefer face to face support or online information, their Smokefree support has options to suit you.

Learn more

Asking for help to
quit smoking

It is important the healthcare professional knows what methods to quit you have tried before.

Giving your doctor, nurse, smoking cessation advisor or pharmacist all the information on your previous quit attempts will mean they are better placed to decide on the best treatment for you.

What’s holding you back from quitting?

"I don't want to waste my doctor's time..."

Nonsense. Your doctor or nurse would rather spend time with you today and help you quit than treat you in the future for a smoking-related illness.

"I'm not sure what my doctor/nurse/
smoking advisor can do to help me..."

They can offer you support and can explain to you what medical treatments are available to help you to give up smoking. Speak to a professional today.

"I've heard the only real way
to quit is through willpower..."

Actually, only 3-5% of smokers who quit through willpower alone manage to stay off cigarettes for longer than 6 to 12 months. Willpower works for some people, but not all. That's why you're better off speaking to a healthcare professional to figure out what's best for you.