Stopping smoking is one of the best things you will ever do for your health.
When you stop, you give your lungs the chance to repair and you will be able to breathe easier. There are lots of other benefits too – and they start almost immediately.
It’s never too late to quit and easier with the right support. The One You Personal Quit Plan is a quick and easy tool that encourages smokers to make a quit attempt with support that is tailored to their habits rather than going ‘cold turkey’.
Stop smoking services
Making the choice to quit is the first step and there are a number of treatments/ services that can help you get through the first few months.
The services available also make it easy and affordable for you to get stop smoking treatments, such as:
- Varenicline (Champix)
- Bupropion (Zyban)
- nicotine replacement therapy, such as patches and gum
Talk to your GP
Many people don’t realise that their GP can help them quit smoking. Your doctor can do a lot, such as enrolling you in a “stop smoking” clinic, and prescribing nicotine replacement therapy, such as patches and gum, or stop smoking medication such as Champix.
Join your local stop smoking service
Did you know that you’re up to 4 times more likely to quit successfully with the help of your local stop smoking service?
Find online support
For online support including apps, communities and motivational emails, visit Better Health.
Have an emergency phone number to hand
Keep an emergency number, perhaps for your local stop smoking service or the national helpline.
“We’re here on 0300 123 1044 from Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm answering calls from people who are about to have a cigarette and want help not lighting up,” says Chris, one of the helpline advisers. “We can talk about why you want to smoke and how to deal with your cravings.”
Essex Wellbeing service
The service is free, offering a maximum of 8 weeks NRT (nicotine replacement therapy), find out more information.