NHS SCOTLAND STOP SMOKING SERVICE
Are you ready to quit?
If you are a smoker who wants to quit or are looking for more information for when the time is right, our FREE stop smoking service might just be what you’re looking for.
We understand how hard it is to quit, and our smoking cessation advisors can help you find the right treatment for you. Along with their regular support and advice along the way, we can help you succeed. With our help and support, you are FOUR times more likely to quit.
Preparation is the key to success, and at your initial consultation, we will discuss drug treatment options and an individualised support plan across the 12-week program.
To book an initial consultation, use our ‘Request Remote Consultation’ link, and we will contact you to discuss your options.
Why not have a look at our ‘Top Tips’ to stopping smoking?
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Our Top Tips
Why you want to stop, and keep them with you. Refer to them when tempted to light up.
Then stop completely. Some people prefer the idea of cutting down gradually. However, research has shown that if you smoke fewer cigarettes than usual, you are likely to smoke more of each cigarette, and nicotine levels remain nearly the same.
Friends and family often give support and may help you. Smoking by others in the household makes giving up harder. A team effort may be easier than going it alone.
Get rid of ashtrays, lighters, and all cigarettes.
When you stop smoking, you are likely to get symptoms which may include: nausea (feeling sick), headaches, anxiety, irritability, craving, and just feeling awful. These symptoms are caused by the lack of nicotine that your body has been used to. They tend to peak after 12-24 hours, and then gradually ease over 2-4 weeks.
It is normal for a smoker’s cough to get worse when you stop smoking (as the airways “come back to life”). Many people say that this makes them feel worse for a while after stopping smoking and makes them tempted to restart smoking. Resist this temptation! The cough usually gradually eases.
In particular, drinking alcohol is often associated with failing in an attempt to stop smoking. Also, if drinking tea and coffee are difficult times, try drinking mainly fruit juice and plenty of water instead.
Mark off each successful day on a calendar – download our calendar here. Look at it when you feel tempted to smoke, and tell yourself that you don’t want to start all over again.
You can tell people that you don’t smoke. You will smell better. After a few weeks you should feel better, taste your food more, and cough less. You will have more money. Perhaps put away the money, which you would have spent on cigarettes, for treats.
Some people worry about gaining weight when they give up smoking, as the appetite may improve. Anticipate an increase in appetite, and try not to increase fatty or sugary foods as snacks. Try sugar-free gum and fruit instead.
Examine the reasons why you felt it was more difficult at that particular time. It will make you stronger next time. On average, people who eventually stop smoking have made 3 or 4 previous attempts.