About Cessation Products
There are different types of products that can aid in smoking cessation. One category of cessation products has nicotine as the active ingredient. Examples of well-known cessation products with nicotine are patches and gum. There are also nicotine-containing lozenges, microtabs and nasal sprays. This type of product is called a “nicotine replacement therapy” or NRT.
NRTs are licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). There are many choices available over the counter at most pharmacies and leading supermarkets.
Certain cessation products without nicotine are available by prescription.
When using a cessation product, whether over the counter or by prescription, it is important to follow all instructions, including on the label, and to check for any contraindications. Not all products are right for everyone.
There are many resources and helplines available to learn more about cessation products. Pharmacists and GPs can provide information, as can the local NHS Stop Smoking Service. https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree/help-and-advice/local-support-services-helplines
Where to find more help and advice
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: www.nhs.uk/smokefree
There is an NHS Stop Smoking Service: https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree/help-and-advice/local-support-services-helplines. They have trained advisers as well as one-to-one and group counselling.
The NHS online chat is https://quitnow.smokefree.nhs.uk/ChatTool
The NHS Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NHSSmokefree
Many smartphone apps are available including the Stoptober app you can download from https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/stoptober/home Help is also available from public organisations and charities.
If you prefer to talk to a trained adviser on the phone, then there are free helplines for anyone in mainland UK:
- 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