Looking for advice on how to stop smoking? We know quitting smoking is no easy task, so we offer expert advice, support and a range of products in store and online to help you achieve your goals.
Self-control alone may not be enough to help you stop smoking straightaway, which is completely fine. As well as offering a range of nicotine products to suit your lifestyle, you may be able to get help from Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).
Though it is not entirely risk free, Nicotine Replacement Therapy is an effective way to help you get started, by managing your cravings and supporting your addiction.
It’s normal that when you stop smoking, the nicotine is quickly eliminated from your body, so there’s a chance you may experience withdrawal symptoms, such as:
There’s also no need to try stopping on your own. With the FREE NHS Stop Smoking service available in selected pharmacies, you can discuss your goals with the healthcare team, who will be able to offer advice on the best way to achieve them.
The free NHS stop smoking service varies across the country, but generally includes:
What happens when you stop smoking?
Stopping smoking can make huge improvements to your health, even in the first few days. After just eight hours, your nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by more than half and oxygen levels return to normal. By two days, there will no longer be any harmful carbon monoxide or nicotine in your body.
As well as your health, there are many other benefits of quitting smoking
Smoking poses a huge risk to your health. So huge, in fact, that it’s accountable for 80,000 deaths in England each year. Parts of your body that can be negatively affected by smoking include:
Smoking can lead to many different forms of cancer, including cancer of the lips, tongue, oesophagus, stomach and kidney.
It can also affect areas of your body you wouldn’t expect, such as contributing to erectile dysfunction, reducing female fertility and even making your bones weak and brittle. Finally, there are the changes to your appearance, including: the premature ageing of your skin, stained teeth, gum disease and tooth loss. It can also cause damage to the sense of your taste and cause bad breath.
If the health impacts weren’t enough, smoking can be a massive drain on your money. Therefore it is very important to get all the help and encouragement necessary to quit. We know it’s not easy, but our trained specialists are here to help you.
No, the NHS Stop Smoking service is free and where it isn’t available in your local pharmacy, free advice on smoking cessation products (NRT) is available. You may be required to pay for NRT under the NHS Stop Smoking service unless you are exempt from paying for prescriptions.
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