Stopping Smoking

Looking after yourself is important because your health affects your quality of life at any age, but especially as you get older.

Most of the time you will be able to maintain good health by having a healthy lifestyle but if your health is affected then adopting a healthier lifestyle can help your treatment or recovery, and if you are already healthy, it will help to keep you that way!

Smoking is known to be the main cause of many avoidable diseases, especially lung cancer and heart problems. Going smoke-free is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health.

Smoking also affects the health of people around you. Non-smokers who breath in second-hand smoke are at risk of the same diseases as smokers, including cancer and heart disease.

Virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces in England are now smoke-free so there has never been a better time to stop smoking.

If you use medicines to stop smoking, such as nicotine gum or patches, and get support, you will be more likely to succeed than by willpower alone.

Top tips to stop smoking

  • Choose a quit date and stick to it.
  • Buddy up with a friend or relative who also wants to quit so you can support each other.
  • Use stop smoking medicines.
  • Avoid situations where you might be tempted to smoke again.
  • Note how much cash you're saving and treat yourself.
  • Keep telling yourself you can do it!

If you are thinking of trying to quit, at every pharmacy we have a member of staff trained to help you.
If you don't pay for your prescriptions you may be eligible for a free service to help you quit.