Where can I get help to stop smoking?

If you want help to stop smoking, you can:

If you’re pregnant, you can also call the NHS Smokefree Pregnancy Helpline on 0800 1699 169. 

How your GP or pharmacist can help you stop smoking

Your GP can give you details of your local NHS Stop Smoking Service.

They can also prescribe NRT, or you can buy it directly from your pharmacist.

There are several types of NRT:

  • patches
  • gum
  • inhalators
  • microtabs
  • lozenges
  • nasal sprays

There’s no evidence that one type of NRT is more effective than another, so you can choose the one that suits you best. NRT is suitable for most people to take, but you should mention to your GP if you are pregnant or have an existing medical condition. For more information, see Who can use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)?

Your GP may prescribe non-nicotine containing medicines to help you stop smoking. The two types available are:

  • varenicline (Champix) 
  • bupropion (Zyban)

Find out more about bupropion and varenicline in the Medicines A-Z. Read more about stop-smoking treatments.

NHS Stop Smoking Services

The NHS offers free local support to help you stop smoking. If you use local NHS Stop Smoking Services along with stop smoking medicines, studies have shown that you’re up to four times more likely to stop smoking successfully.

Trained NHS advisers provide stop-smoking advice to groups or individuals. They'll help put your stop-smoking plan into action and give you expert advice on medicines, such as NRT.

Go to the NHS Smokefree website to find your local NHS Stop Smoking Service.

Read the answers to more questions about stopping smoking.

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