Stop Smoking Service

We realise that giving up smoking is not easy. We can offer you all the guidance and support you will need to break the habit. We can offer you all the guidance you need and we will support you every step of the way. Our fully trained team will provide you with expert advice on when and how to give up. You will receive individual, tailor made, face to face support and advice during a structured series of one to one consultations provided by one of our professional team in a private consultation area.

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Stopping smoking is one of the best things you will ever do for your health.

When you stop, you give your lungs the chance to repair and you will be able to breathe easier. There are lots of other benefits too – and they start almost immediately.

It’s never too late to quit. Let’s do this!

How can community pharmacies help?

Many people try to quit smoking with willpower alone, but it’s much easier with the right help. There are lots of support options available, try a combination that works for you.

Stop smoking services are one of the most cost-effective of all NHS health interventions and it is one of the most frequently commissioned local services from community pharmacies.

There is a strong evidence base for the effectiveness of pharmacy-led stop smoking programmes. Community pharmacy teams trained in behavioural change are effective at helping clients to stop smoking. Abstinence rates from one-to-one services provided by community pharmacists are similar to those of primary care nurses and community pharmacy-based stop smoking services are cost-effective .

BMJ Open has published a systematic review for community pharmacy-delivered interventions for public health priorities including smoking. The review concluded that community pharmacy-delivered smoking cessation interventions are both effective and cost effective, particularly when compared with usual care.

A survey of over 2,100 adults also showed that 67% are comfortable accessing stop smoking services from their local community pharmacy.

Visit us today and see one of our Stop smoking adviser to give you guide and help stop smoking.

Did you know?

Stopping smoking not only improves your physical health but also is proven to boost your mental health and wellbeing. Quitting can improve mood, and help relieve stress, anxiety and depression.

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What happens when you quit?

The sooner you quit, the sooner you’ll notice changes to your body and health. Look at what happens when you quit for good.

After 20 minutes

Check your pulse rate, it will already be starting to return to normal.

After 8 hours

Check your pulse rate, it will already be starting to return to normal.

After 48 hours

All carbon monoxide is flushed out. Your lungs are clearing out mucus and your senses of taste and smell are improving.

After 72 hours

If you notice that breathing feels easier, it’s because your bronchial tubes have started to relax. Also your energy will be increasing.

After 2 to 12 weeks

Blood will be pumping through to your heart and muscles much better because your circulation will have improved.

After 3 to 9 months

Any coughs, wheezing or breathing problems will be improving as your lung function increases by up to 10%.

After 1 year

Great news! Your risk of heart attack will have halved compared with a smoker’s.

After 10 years

More great news! Your risk of death from lung cancer will have halved compared with a smoker’s.

Self-help tips to stop smoking

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If you want to stop smoking, you can make small changes to your lifestyle that may help you resist the temptation to light up.

Think positive

You might have tried to quit smoking before and not managed it, but don’t let that put you off.

Look back at the things your experience has taught you and think about how you’re really going to do it this time.

Make a plan to quit smoking

Make a promise, set a date and stick to it. Sticking to the “not a drag” rule can really help.

Whenever you find yourself in difficulty, say to yourself, “I won’t even have a single drag”, and stick with this until the cravings pass.

Think ahead to times where it might be difficult (a party, for instance), and plan your actions and escape routes in advance.

Consider your diet

Is your after-dinner cigarette your favourite? A US study revealed that some foods, including meat, make cigarettes more satisfying.

Others, including cheese, fruit and vegetables, make cigarettes taste terrible. So swap your usual steak or burger for a veggie pizza instead.

You may also want to change your routine at or after mealtimes. Getting up and doing the dishes straight away or settling down in a room where you don’t smoke may help.

Change your drink

The same US study as above also looked at drinks. Fizzy drinks, alcohol, cola, tea and coffee all make cigarettes taste better.

So when you’re out, drink more water and juice. Some people find simply changing their drink (for example, switching from wine to a vodka and tomato juice) affects their need to reach for a cigarette.

Identify when you crave cigarettes

A craving can last 5 minutes. Before you give up, make a list of 5-minute strategies.

For example, you could leave the party for a minute, dance or go to the bar.

And think about this: the combination of smoking and drinking raises your risk of mouth cancer by 38 times.

Get some stop smoking support

If friends or family members want to give up, too, suggest to them that you give up together.

There’s also support available from your local stop smoking service.

Did you know that you’re up to 4 times more likely to quit successfully with their expert help and advice?

Get moving

A review of scientific studies has proved exercise, even a 5-minute walk or stretch, cuts cravings and may help your brain produce anti-craving chemicals.

Make non-smoking friends

When you’re at a party, stick with the non-smokers.

“When you look at the smokers, don’t envy them,” says Louise, 52, an ex-smoker.”

Think of what they’re doing as a bit strange – lighting a small white tube and breathing in smoke.”

Keep your hands and mouth busy

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can double your chances of success.

As well as patches, there are tablets, lozenges, gum and a nasal spray. And if you like holding a cigarette, there are handheld products like the inhalator or e-cigarettes.

When you’re out, try putting your drink in the hand that usually holds a cigarette, or drink from a straw to keep your mouth busy.

Make a list of reasons to quit

Keep reminding yourself why you made the decision to give up. Make a list of the reasons and read it when you need support.

Ex-smoker Chris, 28, says: “I used to take a picture of my baby daughter with me when I went out. If I was tempted, I’d look at that.”

Read more about the stop smoking treatments available on the NHS.

Coronavirus update

Changes have been made to make sure it’s safe for you to have the flu vaccine at GP surgeries and pharmacies. These changes include social distancing, hand washing and wearing protective equipment.


It’s important to go to your appointments unless you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus.

For more information please visit NHS Website