How to stop smoking

Note, due to the COVID 19 Virus, it has been recommended by the Government that changes will be required to be made to services across the country. All face to face clinics will now transfer to telephone support. Learn more here.

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Available treatments to help you stop smoking

Nicotine Gum

Gum is available in three strengths: 2mg, 4mg and 6mg. The 4mg and 6mg gum is most appropriate for smokers who smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day, or who are strongly addicted to nicotine. When you use nicotine gum, the nicotine is absorbed through the lining of your mouth. When you first quit you should be chewing about 1 piece of gum every hour. To release the nicotine from the gum, chew until the taste becomes strong or hot. After this you can rest the gum inside your cheek. Once the taste or heat fades you will need to chew again to release more nicotine. Discard the gum after about an hour.

Gradually you can begin to cut down on the amount of gum you use. Try chewing for shorter periods, using smaller pieces, a lower dose or alternating with a non-nicotine gum.

Is gum right for me?

Gum can be helpful because it provides short bursts of nicotine. However, some people can find the taste unpleasant or dislike having to ‘park’ the gum in their mouth.

Nicotine Patches

Nicotine patches work well for most regular smokers and can be worn round the clock (24 hour patches) or just during the time you are awake (16 hour patches), and they work by releasing nicotine directly into the bloodstream through the skin.

How to use patches

There are two ways to use patches: just during the time you are awake (16 hour patch) or both day and night (24 hour patch). The 24 hour patch may cause some sleep disturbance but is helpful for people who have strong cravings during the early morning.

Patches also come in different strengths. Whichever strength you start on you should aim to gradually reduce the strength over time before stopping the usage of patches completely.

Who should use patches

Patches are useful for those who are concerned about discretion (they can be worn easily beneath clothing) or dislike the taste of the oral products. They release a steady amount of nicotine. They may also cause skin irritation for some people.

 

Lozenges

Lozenges are placed in the mouth and dissolve slowly to release the nicotine and take about 20-30 minutes to dissolve.

How to use lozenges

Nicotine lozenges work in a similar way to nicotine gum. To release the nicotine from the lozenge, suck until the taste becomes strong or hot. After this you can rest the lozenge inside your cheek – once the taste fades you will need to suck again to release more nicotine. Suck until the lozenge has completely dissolved – each one should last 20 to 30 minutes.

You should use lozenges for about twelve weeks. For the first six weeks you should have one lozenge every one to two hours. You should then reduce your intake to one lozenge every two to four hours, finally reducing to once every four to eight hours in the last two weeks of treatment.

Who should use lozenges

Lozenges are helpful because they provide short bursts of nicotine. Lozenges should not be used by people with mouth ulcers.

Inhalators

Inhalators look like a plastic cigarette. The inhalator releases nicotine vapour which gets absorbed through your mouth and throat. If you miss the ‘hand to mouth’ aspect of smoking, these may suit you.

How to use inhalators

A nicotine inhalator works by releasing nicotine vapour when you suck on it. Inhalers work very quickly so you should reach for your inhaler whenever you feel strong cravings for a cigarette. Each inhalator contains a disposable cartridge which has enough nicotine for around 3 to 4, 20 minute puffing sessions. This equates to around 400 puffs.

You should use the inhalator for a total of twelve weeks. Use between six and twelve cartridges per day for the first eight weeks depending on how many cigarettes you smoke. For the following two weeks reduce this by half, finally stopping the use of the inhalator completely in the last two weeks of treatment.

Who should use inhalators

The advantages of inhalators are that they work much more quickly than gum or lozenges. They can be therefore used directly when you experience cravings for a cigarette. They also feel very similar (because of the motion involved in using them) to a cigarette so become a good replacement – especially for those who miss the ‘hand to mouth’ aspect of smoking.

Varenicline/Champix

*Only available to people aged 18 or overVarenicline, also known as Champix works by reducing your craving for a cigarette and by reducing the effects you feel if you do have a cigarette. You set a date to stop smoking, and start taking tablets 1 or 2 weeks before this date. Treatment normally lasts for 12 weeks. Champix is not available if you are pregnant or if you have a pre-existing medical condition.

Champix works by reducing your craving for a cigarette and by reducing the effects you feel if you do have a cigarette. You set a date to stop smoking, and start taking tablets 1 or 2 weeks before this date. Treatment normally lasts for 12 weeks. Champix is only available on prescription and is not available if you are pregnant or if you have some pre- existing conditions – discuss with your Doctor or health care professional.

Mouth Spray

This 1mg fresh mint flavour mouth spray gets to work on cravings in 60 seconds. One dispenser contains 150 sprays of 1mg nicotine per spray. Spraying 1-2 sprays of Quickmist into the mouth is equivalent to one cigarette.

How to use

If using for the first time or if you have not used the spray for 2 days, you must first prime the spray pump. Priming: Point the spray away from you and any other adults, children or pets near you. Press the top of the spray with your index finger 3 times until a fine spray appears. Spray into your mouth avoiding the lips and try not to inhale while spraying and not swallow for a few seconds after spraying. If you find the taste too harsh try spraying onto your hand and use your tongue or finger to transfer spray to mouth (more controlled and effective). Use 1-2 sprays every 30 minutes to 1 hour. No more than 4 sprays per hour. Do not exceed 64 sprays per 24 hours.

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Support Near You

Reading

Note, due to the COVID 19 Virus, it has been recommended by the Government that changes will be required to be made to services across the country. All face to face clinics will now transfer to telephone support. Learn more here.

Please see below the Clinics and Pharmacies we are supporting below. Also for help outside of our Clinic’s please download Bella our Ai stop smoking App!

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Bracknell

Note, due to the COVID 19 Virus, it has been recommended by the Government that changes will be required to be made to services across the country. All face to face clinics will now transfer to telephone support. Learn more here.

Please see below the Clinics and Pharmacies we are supporting below. Also for help outside of our Clinic’s please download Bella our Ai stop smoking App!

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Slough

We are no longer providing services in these areas. To get help in please Click here! or alternatively download Bella our Ai stop smoking App, see below in our Bella section.

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West Berkshire

Note, due to the COVID 19 Virus, it has been recommended by the Government that changes will be required to be made to services across the country. All face to face clinics will now transfer to telephone support. Learn more here.

Please see below the Clinics and Pharmacies we are supporting below. Also for help outside of our Clinic’s please download Bella our Ai stop smoking App!

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Wokingham

Note, due to the COVID 19 Virus, it has been recommended by the Government that changes will be required to be made to services across the country. All face to face clinics will now transfer to telephone support. Learn more here.

Please see below the Clinics and Pharmacies we are supporting below. Also for help outside of our Clinic’s please download Bella our Ai stop smoking App!

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Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead

We are no longer providing services in these areas. To get help in please Click here! or alternatively download Bella our Ai stop smoking App, see below in our Bella section.

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For support centres in your area, click on the boxes below or enter your postcode to find your nearest support centre:

Newbury Market Northbrook Street, Newbury, UK

Saturday's... 09:00-16:00 

Clinic located outside Superdrug
Advisor: Mike

Contact: Mike- 07824 123 135
This is a drop in clinic.

Bracknell High Street High Street, Bracknell, UK

Monday's and Tuesday's...9:00am - 17:00pm

Advisor name: Adnan

This is a mobile van clinic.

This is a drop-in clinic open to everyone.

Please call: 011844 92026 to book your first appointment

Woodley Market Woodley, Reading RG5 4JZ, UK

Wednesday's...9:00am - 16:00pm

Advisor name: Nicola

This is a mobile van clinic.

This is a drop-in clinic open to everyone.

Please call: 011844 92026 to book your first appointment

Wokingham Market, Marketplace Wokingham RG40 1AS, UK

Fridays's ...9:00am - 16:00pm

Advisor name: Mike

This is a mobile van clinic located outside of Co-op. This is a drop-in clinic open to everyone.

Please call: 011844 92026 to book your first appointment

Boots Calcot Unit 1, Reading Calcot RP, Bath Road, Calcot RG31 7SA

Please call: 0118 941 5178 to book your appointment

Triangle Pharmacy 88-90 School Road, Tilehurst, Reading RG31 5AW

Please call: 0118 942 7523 to book your appointment

Boots, Earley 5 The Parade, Silverdale Road, Earley, RG6 7NZ RG6 7NZ

Please call: 01189 262146 to book your appointment

Boots Reading 47-48 Broad Street, Reading, RG1 2AE

Please call: 01189 571135 to book your appointment

Boots Oracle Unit 5, Oracle shopping centre, Upper Ground level, Reading, RG1 2AH

Please call: 0118 958 7529 to book your appointment

Boots Wokingham 40 Market Place, Wokingham, RG40 1AT

Please call: 01189 784294 to book your appoinment

Wokingham Pharmacy 33 Broad Street, Wokingham, RG40 1AU RG40 1AU

Please contact: 0118 978 7459 to book your first appointment

Boots 82-83, Bartholomew Street, Newbury, RG14 5EF

Please contact: 0163 36193 to book your appointment

Tilehurst Pharmacy 7 School Road, Tilehurst, RG31 5AR

This clinic is open Monday- Saturday, please make an appointment directly with the pharmacy.

Contact:  0118 942 7353

Triangle Pharmacy 88-90 School Road, Reading RG31 5AW, UK

This clinic is open Monday- Saturday, please make an appointment directly with the pharmacy.

contact:  0118 942 7523

Grovelands Pharmacy 2 Grovelands Road, RG30 2NY

This clinic is open Monday- Saturday, please make an appointment directly with the pharmacy.

Contact: 0118 957 2389

Wokingham Pharmacy 33 Broad Street, Wokingham, RG40 1AU

This clinic is open Monday- Saturday, please make an appointment directly with the pharmacy

Contact: 0118 978 7459

Boots Wokingham 40 Market Place, Wokingham, RG40 1AT

This clinic is open 7 days a week, please make an appointment directly with the pharmacy.

Please contact: 0118 978 4294

Brookside Group Practice: Chalfont Surgery Chalfont Close, Lower Early, Earley, Reading RG6 5HZ

This clinic is open Monday- Friday, please make an appointment directly with the surgery.

Please contact: 0118 966 9333

Brookside Group Practice: Brookside Surgery Brookside Close, Gipsy Lane, Earley RG6 7HG

This clinic is open Monday- Friday, please make an appointment directly with the surgery

Contact: 0118 966 9333

Boots Pharmacy 5 The Parade, Earley, Reading RG6 7NZ

This clinic is open Monday- Saturday, please make an appointment directly with the pharmacy

Please contact:  0118 926 2146

Boots Pharmacy 14 Asda Mall, Lower Earley District Centre, Earley, Reading RG6 5GA

This clinic is open Monday- Sunday, please make an appointment directly with the pharmacy

Please contact: 0118 931 1750

The Boathouse Surgery Pangbourne RG8 7DP
This clinic is open Monday- Saturday, please make an appointment directly with the surgery.

Alternative Support

Bella

Solutions 4 Health are proud to announce the release of Bella. Bella is an Artificial Intelligent app you can download from the App Store and Google Play so you can get the expert support you need to quit smoking for good. Bella is your personal stop smoking coach that has been trained by expert advisors who have helped thousands of people quit smoking. Bella runs on the industry evidence base so you know you are getting help you can trust. Bella will be there for you all the time, whenever you need her, 1am after a difficult day and you want someone to talk to? Need extra motivation during the day? Don’t know how to get started and want some expert guidance? Bella is fully trained to be there with you in these moments.

To quit with Bella is really easy.

Download the app and start talking to Bella. Talk to her in a completely natural way. Advanced artificial intelligence allows for you to have a fluid and human like conversation with Bella.

Answer the questions and talk honestly with Bella. She will use her knowledge to provide you with personalised support. Bella remembers your situations as you describe them to her, so you always get a personalised service.

You can also talk to Bella by pressing and holding the microphone, as well as hearing her talk by pressing and holding a message.

Technology has advanced, and we should now feel the benefits of our progress. Quit with Bella today, and start your journey to becoming smoke free for life!

NHS Smokefree app

The Nhs Smokefree app can help you stop smoking by giving daily support and motivation. If you stay smokefree for the 4-week programme you’re up to 5 times more likely to quit for good.

This app is a great way to help keeping you on track throughout the day, used in combination with the support we offer it is able to help keep you quitting!

Join the thousands who have already quit with our support.

 

 

Smoking Cessation Nation

Join other quitters to stay motivated as you quit smoking. Open the app when have a craving and instead play a game or connect with others. It also shows you how much money you’re saving and how much you’re helping your body by not smoking. You can earn reward badges for your progress if you’re into incentives.

E-cigarettes

E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to smoking or as a way to quit smoking. There is an assumption that, as they only contain nicotine, they are less harmful than tobacco. However, e-cigarettes are not regulated which means that you can’t be sure of the ingredients or the amount of nicotine they contain.In Nottinghamshire, health professionals do not support the use of e-cigarettes as a tool to quit smoking. This is due to the lack of regulation and lack of research into their effectiveness in helping people quit. Leading experts are also cautious about e-cigarettes as the harms they can cause are still unknown.

The government has recently banned the sale of e-cigarettes to under-18s. As 80% of adult smokers first started smoking before the age of 20, this hopefully will reduce the likelihood that young people will become smokers.

If you would like more information about e-cigarettes, please contact the Nottinghamshire Stop Smoking Service (telephone 0800 246 1072 or 01865 238 036).

For Frequently asked questions about E-Cigs Click Here

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