Stop smoking

You’re more likely to stop for good with the right support.
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Benefits of stopping smoking
  • Living longer

  • Easier breathing

  • Protect your loved ones from passive smoking

  • Healthier teeth and gums

  • Fresher breath

  • Improved sense of taste and smell[1].

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How do I quit?

Stopping smoking is personal and different approaches will work well for different people.

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How healthy is your heart?

Take the Heart Age Test from the NHS to find out how your heart age compares to your real age.

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Smoking and COVID-19

People are more open to stopping smoking since the coronavirus pandemic started. Levels of interest in nicotine replacement therapy treatments, counselling and email or text message information about quitting are increasing[2].


Find out more about the relationship between smoking and coronavirus on the British Heart Foundation website.

Where can I get further support and information?
As well as talking to your pharmacist or GP, there are a number of charities and organisations offering support and information.
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Published

April 2021

Next review

April 2022

Reviewed by

Gill Stone MRPharmS

References

  1. 1.

    Quit smoking. nhs.uk. Published April 26, 2018. Accessed March 1, 2021.

    https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/quit-smoking
  2. 2.

    Pettigrew S, Jun M, Roberts I, Bullen C, Nallaiah K, Rodgers A. Preferences for Tobacco Cessation Information and Support During Covid-19. J Addict Med. 2020;14(6):e362-e365. doi:10.1097/ADM.0000000000000743