How to stop smoking

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Maybe you’ve tried to stop smoking before and it didn’t work, or there are other challenges that are making it difficult for you to stop.We offer free face-to-face support, via a number of community clinic across Berkshire, to get to know you and help you succeed in stopping smoking.

 

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Our specialist advisors are available to provide free expert advice and guidance on stopping smoking. They can advise on what stop smoking medication is best for you, set up a plan of action and help you address any problems you are facing.

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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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Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead

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Bracknell

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Slough

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West Berkshire

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

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Reading

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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Strawberry Hill Medical Centre Old Bath Rd, Newbury RG14 1JU, UK

Monday's....13:00-16:00

Advisor: Cheryl

This clinic is open to everyone by an appointment is needed, please call the surgery on: 01635 917917

Kumar Medical Centre 59 Grasmere Ave, Slough SL2 5JE, UK

Wednesday's...16:00-18:00

Advisor: Sheena

This clinic is open to everyone but an appointment is required.

Upton Hospital Walk in Centre Slough Walk in Centre Upton Hospital, Albert St, Slough SL1 2BJ

Tuesday's...10:00-14:00

Advisor: Amutal

This is a drop in clinic that is open to everyone.

Thames Quarter Building Site King's Meadow Road, Reading RG1 8DQ, UK

Wednesdays'….10:00 - 14:00 (4/12/19 CLOSED)

Advisor: Brendan

Smaczek Shop - Farnham Road 270 Farnham Rd, Slough SL1 4XL, UK

Monday's... 16:00 - 19:00

Advisor: Aga

This is a drop in clinic open to everyone.

Smaczek Polish Shop - Langley 242 Trelawney Ave, Slough SL3 7UD, UK

Tuesday's...9:00-15:00

Advisor: Aga

This is a drop in clinic open to everyone.

Langley college Slough SL3 8BY, UK

This Clinic is open to students at Langley college.

Tuesday's... 9:00-13:30

Advisor's names: Wasi & Margay

This clinic is located in one of our mobile vans.

Ikea Calcot, Reading RG31 7SD, UK

This Clinic is open to staff members only.

Friday's... 12:00-16:00 (13/12/19 CLOSED)

Advisor's name: Cheryl

Woodley Library Headley Road, Woodley, Reading, UK

Thursday's…. 13:30- 17:00

Advisor name: Fadwa

This is a drop in clinic

Tesco Napier road Napier Road, Reading, UK

Thursday's.... 10:00am- 18:00pm

Advisors Name: Mike

This is a drop in clinic open to everyone. This is a van located in the car park.

Turning Point 27 Pursers Court, Slough, UK

Friday's... CLOSED

Advisors Name: Ash

contact number: 07919 074636

This is clinic is located inside and only for clients who already use the turning point service

Tesco Pinchington Pinchington Lane, Newbury, UK

Tuesday's.... 10:00am-18:00pm (10/12/19 CLOSED)

Advisors Name: Mike

contact number: 07824 123135

This is a drop in clinic open to everyone. This is a mobile van located in the car park.

South Reading Surgery Whitley Wood Road, Reading RG2 8LE, UK

Tuesday.... 15:00 - 17:00
Advisor: Keith
This clinic is open to patients registered at the surgery, please contact the surgery 0118 931 3515 to book an appointment.

Morrisons Reading RG2 0HB, UK

Fridays.... 9:00-17:00
Advisor: Mike

Contact: Mike- 07824 123 135
This is a drop-in clinic, van located in the car park

Boots Calcot Unit 1, Reading Calcot RP, Bath Road, Calcot RG31 7SA
0118 941 5178

Triangle Pharmacy 88-90 School Road, Tilehurst, Reading RG31 5AW
0118 942 7523

Boots, Earley 5 The Parade, Silverdale Road, Earley, RG6 7NZ RG6 7NZ
01189 262146

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

01189 571135

Boots Oracle Unit 5, Oracle shopping centre, Upper Ground level, Reading, RG1 2AH
0118 958 7529

Boots Wokingham 40 Market Place, Wokingham, RG40 1AT
01189 784294

Wokingham Pharmacy 33 Broad Street, Wokingham, RG40 1AU RG40 1AU
0118 978 7459

Boots 82-83, Bartholomew Street, Newbury, RG14 5EF
0163 36193

Colnbrook Pharmacy 36, High Street, Colnbrook, SL3 0LX SL3 0LX
01753 680048

Tilehurst Pharmacy 7 School Road, Tilehurst, RG31 5AR
This clinic is open Monday- Saturday, please make an appointment directly with the pharmacy.

Triangle Pharmacy 88-90 School Road, Reading RG31 5AW, UK
This clinic is open Monday- Saturday, please make an appointment directly with the pharmacy.

Grovelands Pharmacy 2 Grovelands Road, RG30 2NY
This clinic is open Monday- Saturday, please make an appointment directly with the pharmacy.

Emmer Green Surgery- St Barnabas Road Emmer Green, Reading RG4 8RA

Wednesday.... 16:30- 18:30

Advisor: Keith This clinic is only open to patients registered at the surgery. Please contact the surgery for an appointment.

University Medical Centre 9, Northcourt Avenue, Reading, RG2 7HE

Wednesday...15:00 - 18:20 
Adviser: Nicola
This clinic is only open to clients registered at the surgery.
An appointment is required.

Grovelands Medical Centre 701, Oxford Road, Reading, RG30 1HG

Friday's.... 12:00 - 18:00
Advisor: Brendan
This clinic is open to clients registered at the surgery, please book an appointment with reception

Tesco Portman/Oxford Road Portman Road, Reading, RG30 1AW

Monday's.....09:00-17:00 (9/12/19 CLOSED)
Advisor: Mike

Contact: Mike-07824 123 135

This is a drop in clinic located in the car park.

Wokingham Pharmacy 33 Broad Street, Wokingham, RG40 1AU
This clinic is open Monday- Saturday, please make an appointment directly with the pharmacy

Boots Wokingham 40 Market Place, Wokingham, RG40 1AT
This clinic is open 7 days a week, please make an appointment directly with the pharmacy.

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.

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

Boots Pharmacy 5 The Parade, Earley, Reading RG6 7NZ
This clinic is open Monday- Saturday, please make an appointment directly with the pharmacy

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

Tesco Superstore Wokingham 78 Finchampstead Rd, Wokingham RG40 2NS

Friday…. 10:00-17:00

Saturday.... 09:00-17:00
Advisor:  Fadwa 
This clinic is a POD located at the entrance

Woodley Centre Surgery 6 Headley Road, Woodley, RG5 4JA

Wednesday's.... 16:00 - 18:00

Adviser: Brendan This clinic is open to all people but an appointment is needed . Please call Woodley Centre Surgery Reception for an appointment.

Twyford Surgery, 6, Loddon Hall Road, Twyford, RG10 9JA

Tuesdays...15:00 - 18:00 
Advisor: Nicola
This clinic is only open to clients registered at the surgery.

Thatcham Medical Centre 3, Bath Road, Thatcham, Newbury RG18 3AS

Tuesday's... 09:00-13:15
Advisor: Cheryl
This clinic is only open to patients registered at the surgery.

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

Hungerford Surgery The Croft, Hungerford RG17 0HY

Thursday's...15:00-18:30

Advisor: Cheryl This clinic is only open to clients registered at the surgery. To make an appointment please call the surgery.

Newbury Market Northbrook Street, Newbury RG14 5AA

Saturdays... 09:00-16:00 
Clinic located outside Superdrug
Advisor: Mike

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

Burdwood Surgery Wheelers Green Way, Thatcham RG19 4YF

Tuesday's... 14:00-18:00
Advisor: Cheryl 
This clinic is in-house and open only to clients registered at the surgery

Tilehurst Surgery (The Potteries) Tylers Place, Pottery Road, Tilehurst, Reading, RG30 6BW

Monday...16:00 - 19:00 
Advisor: Nicola
This clinic is open to everyone. 

Theale Medical Centre Engfield Road, Theale RG7 5AS

Wednesday's... 09:30-13:30

Advisor: Cheryl
This clinic is only open to clients registered at the surgery (9:30-11:00). This clinic is open to anyone between 11:00am- 13:30pm. An appointment is required.

Lambourn Surgery Bockhampton Barn, Bockhampton Road, Lambourn, Hungerford RG17 8PS

Wednesday's...14:30-17:00 

Advisor: Cheryl This clinic is only open to clients registered at the surgery. An appointment is required.

Jhoots Pharmacy 18 Parlaunt Rd, Slough SL3 8BB
This clinic is open Monday- Friday, please make an appointment directly with the pharmacy

Colnbrook Pharmacy 36 High Street, Colnbrook SL3 0LX
This clinic is open Monday- Saturday, please make an appointment directly with the pharmacy.

Willow Pharmacy Meadfield Rd, Slough SL3 8HN

Monday's.... 18:00-20:00
Drop-In Clinic
Advisor: Bozena

Iceland 418 Montrose Ave, Slough SL1 4XB

Friday's....09:00-14:00 (13/12/19 CLOSED)
Advisor: Wasi

This is a drop-in clinic.

Farnham Road Surgery 301 Farnham Rd, Slough SL2 1HD

Friday's.... 16:00 - 18:30 
Advisor: Sheena
This clinic is only open to clients registered at the surgery.
To make an appointment please call the surgery.

Weekes Drive Surgery 100 Weekes Dr, Slough SL1 2YP

Tuesday's.... 08:30-12:00
Advisor: Sheena
This clinic is only open to clients registered at the surgery.

ASDA Slough Superstore, Telford Drive, Slough SL1 9LA

Wednesday's.... 09:30-17:30
Advisor: Wasi

This is a drop-in clinic

Manor Park Medical Centre 2 Lerwick Dr, Slough SL1 3XU

Monday's....13:00-16:00
Advisor: Aga
This clinic is open to people registered at the surgery

Superdrug 292 Farnham Road, Slough SL1 4XL

Sunday's.... 10:00-16:00 
Advisor: Amatul
Drop-In Clinic

Wexham Park Hospital Wexham, Slough SL2 4HL

Tuesday's.... 09:00-15:30

Wednesday's....09:00-15:30  (at Occupational Health)

Advisor: Fadwa

Please call Fadwa on: 07917 826 624 for an appointment.

Monday's...09:00-16:00 (Mobile Van)

Thursday's.... 14:00-17:30 (Mobile Van)

Advisor: Wasi

My Council Landmark Place, High Street, Slough SL11JL

Monday's.... 10:00 - 15:00

Thursday... 10:00 - 14:00
Adviser - Margay

Drop-in, no appointment is required

Queensmere Shopping Centre High Street, Slough SL1 1DD

Monday.........09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday........09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday...09:00 - 17:00
Thursday.......09:00 - 17:00
Friday............09:00 - 17:00
Saturday......09:00 - 17:00
Sunday........10:00 - 16:00
This clinic is a fixed retail stand, and is situated outside of Carphone Warehouse and Costa Coffee. No appointment required.

Bharani Medical Centre 16 - 18, Lansdowne Avenue, Slough SL1 3SJ

Wednesday's... 09:00 - 12:00
Advisor: Sheena
This clinic is only open to clients registered at the surgery.

Hetpole Pharmacy 398 Dedworth Rd, Windsor SL4 4JR
This clinic is open Monday- Saturday, please make an appointment directly with the pharmacy

Maidenhead High Street 92 High St, Maidenhead SL6 1PX

Thursday's...09:00-13:15
Advisor: Wasi 


This clinic is a mobile clinic by Barclays Bank.

Tesco Dedworth Superstore Dedworth Rd, Windsor SL4 4JT

Thursday.... 09:00-12:30
Advisor: Fadwa 

This is a drop-in, no appointment required.

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 soon 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).

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