Getting support to reduce cravings

NHS Stop Smoking Services can really make a difference to your chances of success. Research shows that people who use them are twice as likely to succeed as people who try to give up on their own. Speak to your doctor or call a stop smoking helpline for further advice and to find out where your local Stop Smoking Service is. NHS Stop Smoking Services provide specialist treatment for those wanting to quit. The staff who deliver these services:

  • provide information about smoking and giving up
  • help you prepare a plan for quitting
  • give ongoing support
  • prescribe medicines to help improve withdrawal symptoms
  • arrange weekly meetings where you can meet other people who are trying to give up.

Other useful organizations to help you stop smoking

NHS Smokefree

NHS Smokefree provide free support, expert advice and tools including the Quit Kit to help you stop smoking. Watch videos from real quitters on what helped them stop.


Quit provides support and practical guidance to people who want to give up smoking.

‘I only went to a couple of meetings. I mean you could phone any time you want, but I didn’t need that much help. I just knew that I needed something.’

Giving up smoking

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Reasons to quit

Whether you’re living with or after cancer, giving up smoking has important health benefits.

Preparing to stop

Giving up smoking can be challenging. There are several things you can do that will help you quit.

Staying stopped

If you’ve decided to give up smoking, several things can help you stay stopped.

Reducing the cravings

There are several medicines you can use to reduce cravings and help you give up smoking.