How can I quit smoking?

Stopping smoking is the single biggest thing you can do to improve your health. Research shows that two thirds of smokers want to quit, and receiving support is four times more likely to help you stop smoking than quitting on your own.

Where can I get help to quit?

There are lots of options to get help to quit smoking, from GP surgeries, pharmacies and also our Living Well Advisors. They all offer a free, personal service with 12 weeks support that helps you to quit using the method that’s right for you including prescribed stop smoking medications. They can also help with stopping smoking in pregnancy.

You can find out more and see a list of all support available at the Living Well website.

Support is also available from the NHS Better Health website.

Why should I quit?

Smoking is linked to a range of health problems but the good news is that once you stop smoking, your health improves and your body will begin to recover. By stopping smoking you will improve your health and fitness as well as save money.

I'm pregnant or planning to have a baby, should I quit?

Protecting your baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do to give your child a healthy start in life. It can be difficult to stop smoking, but it's never too late to quit.

Every cigarette you smoke harms your unborn baby and can restrict the essential oxygen supply to your baby. As a result, their heart has to beat harder every time you smoke.

Switching to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is significantly less harmful to you and your baby.

As well as from your midwife, you can also get free support to quit  - see all options on the Living Well website.

Can I help my staff to quit?

Supporting your colleagues and workers to stop smoking in the workplace can benefit your business and help improve staff health. The Living Well Advisor team can provide free expert advice and support to help you help your staff quit smoking whether you’re a small company or large organisation. Give them a call on 01274 437700 or email

Can I quit other forms of tobacco?

Smoking shisha or using substances like paan, gutkhu, betel (areca nut) and naswar can increase your risk of developing a range of cancers including mouth cancer. You can find out more and see a list of all support available at the Living Well website.

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