Quitting again

Just because you've tried to quit before and haven't succeeded, it doesn't mean you can't do it. We're here every step of the way to help you quit for good.


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

Our guide to stop smoking medicines has more information, but medicines such as Champix (varenicline), Zyban (bupropion) or nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) such as patches, lozenges or gum can really help you manage your cravings. All of these are available from the NHS with a prescription, and NRT can be bought from pharmacies and other shops (such as supermarkets) without a prescription.

All are effective treatments to help you stop smoking but, as everyone has their own way of coping with cravings, you may wish to seek advice from your pharmacy team, doctor or local NHS Stop Smoking Service to help you decide which is right for you. Read our guide to stop smoking medicines here.

Here are our top five distractions:

  1. Talk to someone - call a friend or relative to get some support.
  2. Go for a brisk walk - this will help clear your head and lungs.
  3. Stay busy - download the Smokefree app or play a game on your mobile phone.
  4. Drink a glass of water or juice - keep yourself occupied for those crucial few minutes.
  5. Change the scene - just moving to another room can help, or step outside and get some fresh air.

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