Tools to stop smoking - A Guide to Stop Smoking

Some people can stop smoking on willpower alone (known as ‘cold turkey’), but others require some extra help. The good news is that there are a range of ‘quitting tools’ available to you, and most of these are for free.

You will save money by not smoking and by using one of these stop smoking tools. That has got to be appealing.

So, what tools are out there to help you stop smoking?

These have been discussed in greater detail in our Smoking Cessation Treatment section but here is a quick recap:

  • Free NHS ‘Quit Kit’
  • Nicotine patches
  • Nicotine gum
  • Nicotine lozenges
  • Nicotine sprays
  • Nicotine tablets/microtabs
  • Nicotine inhalers
  • Zyban (anti-smoking medicine)
  • Champix (anti-smoking medicine)
  • NHS Stop Smoking Helpline
  • NHS ‘Together’ Programme (home-based kit)
  • Local NHS Stop Smoking clinics
  • Acupuncture
  • Hypnosis
  • Herbal remedies such as St John’s Wort and Ginseng

The secret is to find the most suitable tool for you. What works for one person doesn’t always work for another so try a few of these tools until you find the one that suits you best.

You may find that two or more tools, used in conjunction are more helpful than one on its own.

If you are not sure about which one to use then talk to your GP. He or she can advise you about the range of anti-smoking tools – their advantages and disadvantages.

And ask for support from your family and friends. This support (or lack of it) can determine your success or failure at stopping smoking.

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