Stop smoking

You’re three times more likely to quit smoking with our support. We have drop-in clinics throughout the city and your GP surgery may also have a wellbeing clinic where we can see you. We can also give one-to-one help.

Stop smoking

How we can help:

  • preparing you for your quit date
  • providing weekly contact with a trained adviser
  • arranging for you to get stop-smoking products (for a one-off prescription fee)
  • giving guidance on using e-cigarettes

Reasons to quit smoking

Stopping smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health. No matter how long you’ve smoked for, quitting helps to improve your health straight away.

A 20-a-day smoker can save over £3,000 a year by stopping – see how much you could save by using the cost calculator on

If you smoke, your children are three times more likely to smoke when they grow up.

Nearly three quarters of children worry that their mum or dad will die because they smoke.

By not smoking, you protect the health of those close to you. Children exposed to a smoky atmosphere are more likely to suffer from breathing problems, allergies and chest infections.

What happens when you quit?

The sooner you quit, the sooner you’ll notice changes to your body and health. Look at what happens when you quit for good.

After 20 minutes

Check your pulse rate, it will already be starting to return to normal.

After 8 hours

Your oxygen levels are recovering, and the harmful carbon monoxide level in your blood will have reduced by half.

After 48 hours

All carbon monoxide is flushed out. Your lungs are clearing out mucus and your senses of taste and smell are improving.

After 72 hours

If you notice that breathing feels easier, its because your bronchial tubes have started to relax. Also your energy will be increasing.

After 2 to 12 weeks

Blood will be pumping through to your heart and muscles much better because your circulation will have improved.

After 3 to 9 months

Any coughs, wheezing or breathing problems will be improving as your lung function increases by up to 10%.

After 1 year

Great news! Your risk of heart attack will have halved compared with a smoker’s.

After 10 years

More great news! Your risk of death from lung cancer will have halved compared with a smoker’s.