Stop Smoking

You're four times more likely to quit smoking for good if you use Stop Smoking Services. Here's their advice for what you can do straightaway to boost your chances of success:

Talk to your GP

Many people don't realise that their GP can help them quit smoking but there is a lot your doctor can do, such as enrolling you in a smoking cessation clinic and prescribing nicotine replacement therapy, including patches, sprays, gum etc, or stop smoking medication.

Join a Stop Smoking Service

70% of smokers say they would have already quit smoking if it was easy, which is why it can help to get social support and share tips while you quit. The stop smoking services are staffed by trained advisers all over the country in a range of venues and at times to suit you. You can attend a drop-in, have contact with a telephone advisor or have one-to-one support if you prefer. You usually go for a few weeks and work towards a quit date.
Contact the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Stop Smoking Service for further details:
Helpline: 01209 215666

Order a free Quit Kit from the NHS Smokefree website

The kit is packed with bits and pieces to help you stop smoking, including a wallchart to keep track of your progress, stress-busting MP3s, exercises to improve your willpower and even a new toothbrush to keep your mouth fresh.

Get a 'cheerleader' and do it together

Sign up for the NHS Smokefree Together Programme and you'll receive a supportive phone call, email and text the week before you quit, the day you quit and the week after.

Have an emergency number

... perhaps for your local NHS Stop Smoking Service. "We're here from 7am to 11pm every day 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."

Visit your pharmacist

Nicotine is addictive and self control alone might not be enough. Give yourself a better chance of success by using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). This is available either free or available on prescription from your GP, depending on where you live. Or, you can buy nicotine patches and gum and so on over the counter from a pharmacy.

Ask an expert

Ask an expert for advice through NHS Smokefree's ‘Ask an Expert' service - you can email, call or chat online with one of their trained advisors.

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