Stop Smoking Methods


You've made the decision to quit and the big day is getting closer. You're determined to stop smoking – but how? For many the choice boils down to going cold turkey, having some professional support or using smoking cessation products, such as nicotine patches, gum or lozenges.

There is no 'right' way to stop smoking. One thing that's true of all programmes and products to help you quit is that you'll still need willpower and be prepared to work at staying stopped.

Aids can provide support and help reduce the withdrawal symptoms, but only you can be responsible for making sure you succeed.

Going it alone

Many smokers try to go 'cold turkey', relying solely on their willpower to quit. It's likely the first few weeks will be tougher, but it does mean you won't have to adjust to life without treatment further down the line. And unlike other methods, it's free.

Our Stop Smoking Service

We know how hard it can be to kick the habit, so we can help with personal support and advice. Find out more about our Stop Smoking Service.

Smoking is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease and smokers are twice as likely to have a heart attack as someone who’s never smoked.

We can advise you about the range of stop smoking products available in our pharmacies, and you can also access treatments through our Online Doctor service.

Professional help and support

Smoking cessation is now a priority area for the NHS, so you may want to make use of the information and behavioral support on offer.

This can be as simple as your GP giving you some advice, booklets and helpline numbers during an appointment, or you may be able to take part in group sessions, or have one-to-one weekly support with a nurse or pharmacist trained in helping smokers stop.

There's nothing to stop you combining this advice with other techniques and treatments.