Ways to quit

There are more ways than ever before to make quitting less stressful and boost your chances.

If you smoke, quitting can feel scary. But there are more ways than ever before to make stopping less stressful.

Many people try to quit smoking with willpower alone, but it’s much easier with help like quitting aids, vaping and local stop smoking services.

There are lots of support options available, it’s about finding a combination that works for you.

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Quitting aids.

Quitting and treatments are easy to buy from shops, pharmacies and on prescription to help you quit smoking and ease cravings. These reduce withdrawal symptoms and keep your mind off smoking. They include nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs), such as patches, sprays, gum and lozenges and prescription-only tablets. Read more.

Local Stop Smoking Services

Local stop smoking services provide free expert advice, support and encouragement to help people like you stop! There’s a free local Stop Smoking Service near you. With their help, you’re around 3 times as likely to quit for good. Find your local support

Nicotine vaping.

Vaping is one of the most popular and effective tools for quitting smoking and substantially less harmful than smoking tobacco. If you are a tobacco smoker considering switching it could be right for you and will almost certainly reduce your risks of cancer, COPD and a range of smoking-caused diseases. Read our advice 

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The FREE Smoke Free App

Having support straight to your phone or email can give you extra motivation to quit! Whether you work shifts, are limited for time or have young children, you can access extra support at your fingertips to help you stop. Download it free.

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11th August 2022

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Stopping smoking is important. But how can I take the stress out of it? Get some quit coaching from North East stop smoking service manager Rachel Nichol below