Support to quit

Stopping smoking can make a massive improvement to your lifestyle and health. Once you stop smoking, some of the benefits are immediate and some are longer-term. For example, someone smoking 12 a day could save around £1660 a year not buying cigarettes.

Just give it a go! And even if you’ve tried before, don’t despair – it can take some people several tries. Getting the right support can also help your chances of success. Ask about quitting at your pharmacy, your GP surgery, or call your local Stop Smoking Service.

There is growing evidence that e-cigarettes can help people stop smoking. For anyone smoking, they carry a fraction of the risk of cigarettes and can be particularly effective when combined with extra quitting support.

Or click on the tab above to order free Quitting Tools. This will take you to the NHS Smokefree website where you can sign up to the Smokefree app, email and Facebook support.

Read our quitting tips to get you started


North East stop smoking services

Darlington

Call 0800 802 1850 or visit darlingtonstopsmokinghub.org.uk.

Gateshead

For support and advice on quitting smoking in Gateshead call the Gateshead Stop Smoking Service on 0191 433 3058 or email smokefree@gateshead.gov.uk. Or find out about local quitting sessions at http://www.ourgateshead.org/stop-smoking-services.

Newcastle

For support and advice on quitting smoking in Newcastle call the Newcastle Stop Smoking Service on 0191 269 1103 or text 07809 105837, email newcastle.stopsmoking@nhs.net or visit www.newcastle.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/health-and-wellbeing/stop-smoking.

North Tyneside

For support and advice on quitting smoking in North Tyneside call the North Tyneside Stop Smoking Service on 0191 643 7171, email active@northtyneside.gov.uk or visit www.activenorthtyneside.org.uk/stop-smoking.

Northumberland

For support and advice on quitting smoking in Northumberland call the Northumberland Stop Smoking Service on 01670 813135, email stopsmokingservice@nhct.nhs.uk or visit www.northumbria.nhs.uk/stopsmoking.

Smokefreelife County Durham

For support and advice on quitting smoking, call Smokefreelife County Durham on 0800 772 0565 or 0191 369 2016, text QUIT to 66777, email info@smokefreelifecountydurham.co.uk or visit www.smokefreelifecountydurham.co.uk.

South Tyneside

For support and advice on quitting smoking in South Tyneside call the South Tyneside Stop Smoking service on 0191 424 7300 or visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/35947/Stop-smoking.

Stockton

For support and advice on quitting smoking in Stockton call the North Tees and Hartlepool Stop Smoking Service on 01642 383819 or visit www.nth.nhs.uk/services/stop-smoking-service.

Stop Smoking South Tees, Middlesbrough

For support and advice on quitting smoking in Middlesbrough call Stop Smoking South Tees on 01642 727579 or 01642 727590 email stopsmoking@middlesbrough.gov.uk or visit www.stopsmokingsouthtees.co.uk.

Stop Smoking South Tees, Redcar and Cleveland

For support and advice on quitting smoking in Redcar and Cleveland call Stop Smoking South Tees on 01642 727579 or 01642 727590 email stopsmoking@middlesbrough.gov.uk or visit www.stopsmokingsouthtees.co.uk.

Sunderland: Sunderland Stop Smoking Service

Call 0800 169 9913 / 0191 5671057 or visit www.northumbria.nhs.uk/stopsmoking/support-in-your-area/services-in-sunderland/.


North West stop smoking services

Blackburn with Darwen

Phone tel: 01254 682037 or visit www.refreshbwd.com/service/quit-smoking.

Blackpool

call 0300 123 1044 or visit the website.

Bolton

Visit the website.

Bury

Tel 0161 253 7554 or visit the website.

Cheshire East

Tel 0808 164 3202 or visit the website.

Cheshire West and Chester

Call 0300 777 0033 or visit cheshirechangehub.org/.

Cumbria

Ask at your local pharmacy or call 03000 13 3000 or Text "PHARMACY STOP your postcode" to 80011.

Halton

Tel: 0300 029 0029 or visit the website.

Knowsley

Tel 0151 426 7462/ 0800 324 111 or www.readytostopsmoking.co.uk.

Lancashire

Tel 0800 328 6297 or visit www.quitsquad.nhs.uk.

Liverpool

tel 0800 061 4212 or 0151 374 2535 or visit www.smokefreeliverpool.co.uk.

Manchester (South)

tel 0161 291 5030 or visit the website.

Manchester (north)

Visit www.gmmh.nhs.uk/bewell.

Oldham

Tel 0800 288 9008 or visit the website.

Rochdale

Tel 01706 751190 or visit www.livingwellrochdale.com.

Salford

tel 0800 952 1000 or visit the website.

Sefton

Tel 0300 100 1000 or visit www.smokefreesefton.co.uk.

St.Helens

Visit www.readytostopsmoking.org.uk/.

Stockport

Tel 0161 474 3141 or visit the website.

Tameside

Tel 0161 716 2000 visit the website.

Trafford

Visit the website.

Warrington

Tel 0300 003 0818 or visit the website.

Wigan

Tel 01942 489012 visit the website.

Wirral

Tel 0151 541 5656.


Yorkshire & Humber stop smoking services

Barnsley

Call 0800 6120011 (FREE from landline), 03306601166 (FREE from most mobiles) or visit the website

Bradford

Call 01274 437 700 or email stopsmokingservice@bradford.gov.uk

Calderdale

Call 0800 6120011 (FREE from landline), 03306601166 (FREE from most mobiles) or visit the website

Doncaster

Call 0800 6120011 (FREE from landline), 03306601166 (FREE from most mobiles) or visit the website

East Riding

Call 0800 9177752 or visit the website

Hull

Call 0800 3247 111 or visit the website

Kirklees

visit the website - click and scroll down to “community smoking cessation service providers” for a full list of GPs and pharmacies offering local quitting support.

Leeds

Call 0800 169 4219 or visit the website

Lincolnshire

Call 0800 622 6968 or visit the website

North East Lincolnshire

Call 01472 325500 or visit the website

North Lincolnshire

Call 01724 298212 or visit the website

North Yorkshire - Living Well Smokefree

Find a list of GP practices and community pharmacies here or call 01609 797272

Rotherham

Call 01709 718720 or visit the website

Sheffield

Call 0800 6120011 (FREE from landline), 03306601166 (FREE from most mobiles) or visit the website

Wakefield

Call 01924 252174, 0800 612 0011, email wakefieldss@nhs.net or visit the website

York

Call 01904 553377 or visit the website


Quitting tips

If you’ve tried before, here are some important tips to think about to help get you on your way.

  • Willpower is vital – but sometimes it’s not enough. You’re much more likely to succeed if you combine that determination to quit with stop smoking service support together with stop smoking aids
  • Even if you’ve struggled to quit before, try to make at least one quit attempt a year until you manage to stop for good, whether that’s for Stoptober, No Smoking Day, or Stoptober. If you try at least once a year, you greatly improve your chances of being completely quit within a few years.
  • Consider using Nicotine Replacement Therapy as a quit aid, such as patches and gums. Most health problems are caused by other components in tobacco smoke, not by the nicotine. Get help and advice to use NRT.
  • If you’ve struggled to quit with quitting aids previously, then why not try switching completely to an e-cigarette? Research shows they are much less harmful than smoking.
  • Your chances of quitting are doubled if using a stop smoking medicine prescribed by a GP, pharmacist or other health professional. Quitting smoking can cause nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Stop smoking medicines can help you manage these withdrawal symptoms
  • Local Stop Smoking Services provides expert advice, support and encouragement to help you stop smoking for good. Combining quit aids with expert support makes it much more likely you’ll stop smoking successfully.
  • The NHS Smokefree website has lots of free support to help you stop for good. New to this year, Public Health England’s Stoptober campaign is offering a free online ‘Personal Quit Plan’ to help smokers find the right stop smoking support for them. The online plan asks a number of questions and provides smokers with a suggested combination of support based on their level of tobacco dependency and what quitting support they have used previously.
  • Some people do manage to quit first time – but for most it takes more than one attempt. Don’t get disheartened if you didn’t quit first time, and don’t tell yourself you can’t do it. You can come back more determined and better prepared next time.
  • Think of your health. Chemicals in tobacco smoke enter our blood stream and can then affect the entire body. This is why smoking causes so many diseases, including 16 types of cancer, heart disease and various lung diseases.
  • Get support from family and friends – their support can go a long way. If your partner smokes, why not quit together?
  • Smoking is expensive and you might be surprised at how it all adds up. On average, most people who quit save between £1600-2000 a year.
  • Research suggests the best chance of success is by stopping abruptly rather than by trying to cut down gradually. Many smokers try to cut down first, but stopping completely creates a clear break.
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