Frequently asked questions

Do you have a question about smoking or quitting?
Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions. Just select a topic.


Preparing to quit

Is it too late to stop?

Will I gain weight?

How do I get started and what are the first steps to quitting smoking?

What support is available to me?

What withdrawal and recovery symptoms can I expect?

How can I manage my withdrawal and recovery symptoms, including cravings?

What if I start smoking again?

I've tried to stop smoking many times, but always fail. What can I do?

But I smoke because it helps me deal with stress...

How can I help someone close to me give up smoking?

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Health issues related to smoking and second-hand smoke

What does smoking do to my body?

What's in a cigarette?

Are 'light', 'mild' or 'low tar' cigarettes better for me?

Are roll-ups better for me than ordinary cigarettes?

What is second-hand smoke?

What are the effects of second-hand smoke?

Is second-hand smoke just as dangerous as smoking a cigarette?

What are the dangers to infants, children and unborn babies?

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Smoking and stress

I smoke because it helps me deal with stress

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Nicotine Replacement Products and other stop smoking medicines

What is Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)?

What are the different types of NRT available?

Can anyone use NRT?

Can I use NRT while I'm pregnant?

Are NRT products just as dangerous as smoking cigarettes?

Where can I get NRT?

What are Zyban and Champix and who can use them?

Can I use e-cigarettes to help me quit?

I'm not ready to quit, can I cut down gradually? Are there other things I can do?

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Smoking and pregnancy

What are the dangers of smoking during pregnancy?

Is it too late to stop? Isn't the damage already done?

My partner smokes - will this affect my baby?

Can I use NRT while pregnant?

What specialist support is available for pregnant smokers?

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Other types of tobacco

What are the dangers of chewing tobacco in paan?

What specialist support is available for South Asian tobacco users?

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