Help stopping smoking
Stopping smoking is very difficult and most people who try to stop make several attempts before they quit for good. This suggests that it is important not to underestimate the need for support when giving up smoking, and to choose a quitting strategy that is tried and tested and known to work well.
Healthcare professionals can provide a referral to local NHS Stop Smoking Services, or people can make contact directly (links to services in Lambeth and Southwark are on the right of this page). These services offer free advice and treatment, including nicotine replacement therapy, support from counsellors and from other people who are in the process of giving up.
Some people may find that using nicotine patches, gum or willpower alone is not effective for them. Medications can be provided to help people stop smoking if other strategies have not worked. These can be prescribed by GPs.