Stop smoking

Stop smoking FAQs

Got a question about our Stop Smoking Service? This might help!

How long does it take to get on to a Quit Club?
Depending on your location, it could be anything from one day to a few weeks.

Will I have to quit straight away?
No. Depending on your choice of support it will generally be week 3 or if it is a one-to-one, you will decide when your quit date will be. If you want to take longer, or you want to cut down first, try our ‘Cut Down 2 Quit’ programme and see how it goes.

Do I need to prepare anything before my quit attempt?
Once you have registered we will send you useful tips and information via post, text or email.  If you do not wish to register then please read all of the information available on this site.

Will I receive anything to help with my quit attempt?
Nicotine Replacement Therapy tailored to your individual needs is available for a one-off prescription charge (exemptions apply). Prescription medication is available from your GP (prescription charges may apply). All of the support and advice that you will receive will be absolutely free.

How long is the course?
You will need to come once a week for 7 weeks.

What's the success rate?
Our success rate is around 55-65%, about ten times higher than 'going it alone'!

Have the advisors ever smoked before?
Many of our advisors have previously smoked and all of them understand how difficult quitting smoking is.

Can I go with a friend?
Quitting together with friends or partners gives you that extra support and is a very good idea.

Is it like an AA meeting?
No. The courses are informal, friendly and supportive. Most people even find them fun!

If I had a slip up and had a cigarette, would that mean I wouldn't be able to attend the course anymore?
Of course not.  Many people have a slip before they successfully quit. It is best if you don't even have a puff to give yourself the best chance of success, but if it does happen we will help you to start afresh.

What happens if I don't quit after the course?
We would advise you to take a break and come back and try again when you feel ready.

What happens after the course? Do I get anymore support?
If there is a continued need for NRT and or prescription medication we can support you until week 12 of your quit attempt.  There are also drop-ins available if you still feel you need some extra support or you can always give us a call.
Will Nicotine Replacement Therapy affect any medication I am already on?
NRT shouldn't affect any other medications. However if you have any doubts or queries then contact your GP or Pharmacist.

What happens if I miss a session? Will I have to start again?
No you won't need to start again, just come along to the next session. If you need any advice or another prescription just call the 0800 number and someone in the office will be able to help.

How much will it cost for me to join?
Our service is completely free, the courses and all the advice and support are free. The only cost will be a one-off prescription charge for the products that you choose. If you don’t usually pay prescription charges, it’s completely free!

Get in touch

By phone

Call us now on 0300 123 1220 or text 'quit' to 87023.

By email

Send us an email kchft.hireferral@nhs.net or fill in the form below.

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