How to call it quits

Becoming a non-smoker is without doubt one of the most powerful choices you can make to improve your health and reduce your risk of future diseases such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

There are many ways to go about giving up. The most effective approach by far for many people appears to be a combination of expert support and medications that reduce your cravings (either nicotine replacement therapy or medicines prescribed by your GP).

Other approaches include hypnotherapy, acupuncture, smoking cessation groups or simply quitting - these can all be very effective. There are various treatments available on prescription that can double your chances of going smoke-free.

In fact, if you use the support that is freely available to you together with medication to help manage your cravings you are up to four times more likely to be successful.

The benefits of stopping smoking

What's in it for me?

  • You will reduce your risk of developing illness, disability or death caused by cancer, heart disease, lung disease and stroke
  • You will save money - as much as several hundred pounds a month if you're a heavy smoker
  • You will improve your breathing and general fitness
  • You will enjoy the taste of food more
  • The appearance of your skin and teeth will improve
  • You will no longer smell of tobacco
  • You will no longer expose those around you to the health risks and unpleasantness of secondhand smoke.

Whether or not you're thinking about stopping smoking, we strongly recommend that you visit the NHS SmokeFree support services where you can:

  • speak in confidence to a smoking cessation expert on 0800 022 4 332
  • chat online with a smoking cessation expert
  • order a free Quit Kit support pack
  • find your local stop smoking service
  • register for regular text and email support
  • download the Smokefree app
  • join the Smokefree online Facebook community.


The month of October sees people up and down the country attempting to give up smoking, so if you are looking for moral support it may be the perfect time.

Quitting for 28 days increases your chances of quitting for good by five-fold. Last October saw 160,000 people successfully quit. You can get further information on Stoptober by visiting their website or by calling 0800 169 1943.


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