Take steps NOW to stop smoking

Practical, quick and simple steps you can take straight away to quit smoking.

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Take steps NOW to stop smoking

Practical, quick and simple steps you can take straight away to quit smoking.

Talk to your doctor

Many people don't realise that their doctor 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.

Find out more about how your doctor can help you quit.


Find online support

The Smokefree website has been designed to give a range of evidence-based support for you.

It's all available for free and can boost your chances of success whatever method you are using.

Follow the instructions and connect with the free online support that's available.

Have an emergency phone number to hand

Keep an emergency number, perhaps for your local stop smoking service or a national helpline.

Read more about how to cope with cravings.

Consider using a nicotine-containing product

Cigarettes are addictive, and self-control alone might not be enough for you to stop entirely.

Give yourself a better chance of success by using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). This is available on prescription from your doctor, from your local stop smoking service or from a pharmacist.

You could also consider trying e-cigarettes. While they're not risk-free, they are much safer than cigarettes and can help people stop smoking.

Read more about using e-cigarettes to stop smoking.

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