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Why Quit?

Cigarette smoking causes serious disease and is addictive. Without question, the best decision any smoker can make is to quit smoking. And many people do. In the UK, the number of smokers has halved over the last 20 years.
Many people quit without professional help. Others quit with the support of family, counselling services or cessation aids.

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More information on the benefits of quitting

Whatever the method, what matters most is quitting. An excellent resource is the National Health Service website, which provides information and support to help people stop smoking:

There is an NHS Stop Smoking Service: They have trained advisers as well as one-to-one and group counselling.

There are free helplines that anyone in mainland UK can call to speak with a trained adviser by phone:

  • In England, call the National Smokefree Helpline on 0300 123 1044
  • In Scotland, call the Smokeline on 0800 84 84 84
  • In Wales, call the Help Me Quit Wales Helpline on 0800 085 2219

The NHS online chat is

The NHS Facebook page at

Many smartphone apps are available including the Stoptober app you can download from . Help is also available from public organisations and charities.

DISCLAIMER: the purpose of this website is not to give medical advice. We recommend you talk to your doctor, pharmacist or NHS Stop Smoking Service for professional guidance.