Stop Smoking: Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to common questions about quitting smoking.

Why should I come to a stop smoking service?

Research shows you have a better chance of quitting smoking and staying quit with the support from a specialist stop smoking service.

Can I just cut down?

Setting a quit date and stopping is a better option, research shows that you are more likely to quit and stay quit. We are commissioned to support those who are aiming to stop smoking completely.

What is the best thing to use to quit smoking?

The two main options are Nicotine Replacement Therapy (nicotine patches, nicotine gum, etc.) and medication called Bupropion (Zyban). The best treatment for you will depend on your personal preference, your age, whether you’re pregnant or breastfeeding and any medical conditions you have. Your stop smoking advisor will talk through the different options available during your first appointment.

Why are you giving me Nicotine when that’s what i’m addicted to?

It may seem  counter-intuitive but the nicotine we provide is clean and doesn’t contain the harmful substances found in tobacco. It’s released slowly to prevent your nicotine receptors from becoming aggravated so they die out whilst you experience minimal withdrawal symptoms.

Can I use Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) if I am pregnant?

Yes, you can use nicotine replacement therapy, and it’s less harmful to you and your baby than smoking. Ideally, we like to use the least amount of NRT as we can. Our practitioner can discuss the best option for you

I’ve tried patches and they don’t work.

Did you use patches alone? They only provide 1/3rd of the nicotine that you used to get from cigarettes. This is why we urge you to use patches and an oral product and if you use it ‘on the hour, every hour’ it will prevent withdrawal symptoms and give you the best chance to quit.

What if I don’t like the NRT I’m provided?

Your Stop Smoking Advisor will monitor how you get on with the products and they can be adjusted in quantity or swapped for another product at any point within your journey.

What about vaping/ e-cigarettes?

Public Health England state this is 95% safer than smoking and can be a very effective way of quitting. We don’t supply e-cigarettes as part of the course but we can support your quit attempt with you through behaviour change if you choose to purchase and use an e-cigarette.

How long will it be until my cravings stop?

It happens very quickly. After 2 weeks your nicotine receptors will begin to die out and that’s when the cravings will begin to reduce. But keep in mind that if you use your medication as directed this will result in minimal cravings.

How long does it take to quit?

We offer a 12 week programme with weekly telephone appointments to help you build on your motivation and develop coping mechanisms. Your Stop Smoking Advisor will work with you to set a quit date ideally within two weeks of your first appointment. By 12 weeks you should be well into your life as a non-smoker.

I am in my 70’s surely there is no point in stopping now?

It is never too late to quit smoking. Stopping smoking at any age will bring about many benefits to your health.

Have you signed up to Stoptober yet? Evidence shows that if you stop smoking for 28 days, you’re 5 times more likely to stop for good!