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 Nottinghamshire, 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.

Nasal Spray

The spray delivers a swift and effective dose of nicotine through the lining of your nose.

How to use nasal spray

You use the nasal spray by releasing one spray into each nostril twice an hour. It should be used no more than five times an hour and no more than forty doses a day. Each dose will give the equivalent nicotine contained in one cigarette. This is the fastest way that nicotine can enter the bloodstream reaching the brain within 10 minutes.

You should use the nasal spray for a total of twelve weeks. Use between one and two doses per hour 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 nasal spray completely in the last two weeks of treatment.

Who should use nasal spray

The advantages of nasal sprays are that they work much more quickly than gum or lozenges. They can therefore be used directly when you experience cravings for a cigarette – and most closely mimic the rush you get from smoking than any of the other forms of nicotine replacement therapy(NRT).

The nicotine nasal spray is the strongest form of NRT. This can be a very useful and effective form of medication for highly dependent heavy smokers who have difficulty giving up using other methods.

However this method is not suitable for everyone and may cause side-effects such as nose and throat irritation, coughing, and watering eyes.

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 provision in Nottinghamshire has changed, instead of going via your GP eligibility will now be assessed by Smokefreelife Nottinghamshire’s community advisors. If eligible, individuals are referred on to their nearest PGD Pharmacy, to pick up the stop smoking therapy. See below for your nearest PGD Pharmacy.

*As a Pharmacy, if you are interested in providing this service under a PGD, please Contact or Email Us

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

Support in your community

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GP Practices

The GPs listed on this page provide a stop smoking service (for their registered patients ONLY)

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Pharmacies

The pharmacists listed on this page provide a one-to-one stop smoking service to anyone who lives, works, or studies in Nottinghamshire

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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:

Castle Health Care Practice Embankment Primary Care Centre, 50-60 Wilford Ln, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7SD

Wednesday 10am - 11.30am - Advisor: Sandra Francis

Please call 0800 2465343

Bassetlaw District General Hospital - Fast Track Lung Clinic Bassetlaw Hospital, Worksop, UK

Wednesday 9am - 12 noon - Starting 31st October 2018 - Advisor: Amy  Bower

Clinic is Open to all - to book an appointment call 0800 2465343

Telephone Support Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottingham NG17 7AE, UK

Telephone Support Available:

Monday - Friday..9am - 5pm - Stephanie Law

Monday - Friday...5.30pm - 8pm - SPA Team 

Monday - 6pm - 7pm - Sandra Francis

Tuesday - 2pm - 4pm - Amy Bower

Tuesday - 1pm - 2.30pm & 4pm - 7pm - Delany Burton

Wednesday - 9am - 12 noon - Sandeep Punglia

Wednesday - 9am - 11.30am - Carol Goodwin

Wednesday - 2pm - 4.30pm - Carol Goodwin

Wednesday - 1.30pm - 4.30pm - Lucie Major

Thursday - 1pm - 5pm - Angela Speller

Thursday - 2pm - 4.30pm - Carol Goodwin

Thursday - 1.30pm - 4.30pm - Lucie Major

Friday - 9am - 12 noon - Rachel Parker-Haynes

Friday - 12.30pm - 3pm - Angela Speller

Saturday - 9am - 5pm - SPA Team

Sunday - 9am - 5pm - SPA Team 

 

 

Torkard Hill Medical Practice Farleys Lane, Hucknall, Nottingham NG15 6DY, UK

Tuesday...3:30pm - 6:30pm - Advisor: Karen Taqvi

Please call 0800 246 5343 for an appointment.

Larwood Surgery Larwood Avenue, Worksop, S81 0HH

Tuesdays 10:00 till 12pm.. Advisor: Carol Goodwin **This Session only available to patients registered with Larwood Surgery - please contact the practice**

Bridgegate Pharmacy 54 Bridgegate, DN22 7UZ
**This session is a Drop In Session, carried out by the Friendly Pharmacy Team **

Langold Pharmacy Doncaster Road, Langold, S81 9QG
**This session is a Drop In Session, carried out by the Friendly Pharmacy Team **

Bassetlaw Hospital (Appointments) Kilton Hill, Blyth Road, Worksop, S81 0BD
Wednesday... 2.30pm till 4pm..Advisor: Amy Bower... Please call 0800 246 5343 for an appointment.

Riverside Surgery Riverside Walk, Retford, DN22 7XF

Wednesday... 3.30pm till 6.00pm..Advisor: Tara Clarke. This clinic is only available to patients registered at the surgery. Please call 01777 713 330 for an appointment.

Newgate Surgery Newgate Surgery, Newgate Street, Worksop, S80 1HP
Tuesday... 11.00am till 5.00pm. Advisor: Tara Clarke This clinic is only available to patients registered at the surgery. Please call 01909 500 266 for an appointment.

Retford Primary Care Centre Retford PCC, North Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 7XF
Monday... 1.00pm till 6.30pm Advisor: Tara Clarke. Please call 0800 246 5343 for an appointment.

Kingfisher Family Practice Retford Primary Care Centre, North Road, Retford, DN22 7XF

Wednesday... 1.00pm-3.00pm. Advisor: Tara Clarke This clinic is only available to patients registered at the surgery. Please call 01777 702 381 for an appointment.

RUSHCLIFFE - Well Pharmacy Radcliffe-on-Trent 22a Main Rd, Radcliffe on Trent, NG12 2FH

Thursdays 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Advisor: Lucie Major Please call 0800 2465343 for an appointment.

RUSHCLIFFE - Asda Pharmacy Loughborough Rd, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7JA

Tuesday 4:30pm till 7:00pm. Advisor: Sandra Francis Please call 0800 2465343 for an appointment. Report to reception.

RUSHCLIFFE - Bingham Library Eaton Place, Bingham, NG13 8BE

 Wednesday... 10:00am till 12:00pm. Advisor: Lucie Major. Please call 0800 2465343 for an appointment.

Balderton Primary Care Centre Lowfield Lane, Newark, NG24 3HJ

Friday 2:00pm till 4:30pm Advisor: Carol Newman Please call 0800 2465343 for an appointment. Report to reception.

Newark Hospital - Eastwood Centre Boundary Rd, Newark, NG24 4DE

Friday 10:00 till 1:00pm  Advisor: Carol Newman Please call 0800 2465343 for an appointment. Report to reception.

Tesco Pharmacy Ollerton Forest Rd, New Ollerton, Newark, NG22 9PL

Thursday 4:00pm till 7:30pm Advisor: Carol Newman Please call 0800 2465343 for an appointment. Report to reception.

Barnby Gate Surgery 50 Barnby Gate, Newark, NG24 1QD

Wednesday 2:00pm till 4:00pm Advisor: Carol Newman Please call 0800 2465343 for an appointment. Take a seat in the waiting area on your appointment date.

Rainworth Health Centre Warsop Lane, NG21 0AD
Tuesdays 3:00pm till 5:30pm. Advisor: Carol Goodwin Please call 0800 2465343 for an appointment.Report to reception on your appointment date.

Brierley Park Medical Practice 127 Sutton Road, NG17 2NF

Tuesday...9:30am - 11:30am Advisor: Delany Burton

**This session is for patients registered at the practice - please contact 01623 550254 for an appointment**

Roundwood Surgery - Forest Town Ellesmere Road, Forest Town, NG19 0EG

Tuesday, 9.00am - 11.30am Advisor: Angela Speller - Please call 0800 246 5343 for an appointment - **This session is for clients registered at the surgery only**

Willow Brook Medical Centre Brook Street, NG17 1ES
Thursday, 1pm - 3pm Advisor: Delany Burton **This session is for patients registered at the practice - please contact 01623 440018 for an appointment**

Rowlands Pharmacy Sherwood Street & Church Street, NG20 0JN
Monday...Saturday - Pharmacy Opening Times **SIX DAY SERVICE** *This session is a Drop In Session, carried out by the Rowlands Pharmacy Team - Just pop into the Pharmacy on Sherwood Street in Warsop for support**

Asda Forest Town Pharmacy Old Mill Lane, Forest Town, NG19 OHA

Monday...Sunday - Pharmacy Opening Times -**7 DAY SERVICE** **This session is a Drop In Session, carried out by the Asda Pharmacy Team - Just pop in and see the friendly team anytime Monday - Sunday for support**

Sandy Lane Surgery 77 Sandy Lane, Mansfield, NG18 2LT
Tuesday... 1pm - 3pm - Advisor: Angela Speller Clinic for patients registered at the surgery. Please contact the surgery for an appointment - 01623 656055.

Hucknall Health Centre Curtis Stree Hucknall Notts, NG15 7JE

 Thursday 2.30pm-7.00pm. Advisor: Sandeep Punglia

Please call 0800 246 5343 for an appointment.

Rosemary Street Health Centre Rosemary Street, Mansfield, NG19 6AB
Thursday... 9.00am - 12.00pm Adviser:Angela Speller.**This clinic is only available to patients registered at the practice.To make an appointment please call the surgery**.

Tesco Extra Chesterfield Rd, Mansfield, NG19 7TS
Monday....9.00am - 11.00am Advisor: Angela Speller Wednesday...2.00pm - 8:00pm Advisor: Angela Speller Please call 0800 246 5343 for an appointment. The clinic is held within the pharmacy in a consulting room.

Warsop Primary Care Centre Church Street, Mansfield, NG20 0BP

Wednesday...9:00am - 12:30pm. Advisor: Angela Speller Please call 0800 246 5343 for an appointment.

Ashfield Health Village Portland Street, Kirkby in Ashfield, NG17 7AE
Thursday...1:00pm - 4.00pm. Adviser: Karen Taqvi. Please call 0800 246 5343 for an appointment.

Plains View Surgery 57 Plains Road Mapperley, Nottingham, NG3 5LB

Friday... 9.00am-12.00pm. Advisor David Ledger.Please call 0800 2465343 for an appointment

Stapleford PCC Clinic Church Street, Stapleford, Nottingham NG9 8DB, UK
Thursday...9.30am - 12.30pm. Advisor Sandeep Punglia. Please call 0800 2465343 for an appointment.

Arnold Health Centre High Street, Arnold, Nottinghamshire, NG5 7BQ
Wednesday... 1.00pm-4.00pm. Advisor David Ledger. Thursday ... 1.00pm-5.00pm. Advisor David Ledger. Please call 0800 246 5343 for an appointment.(Go to the downstairs reception)

Park House Health Centre Burton Road, Carlton, Nottingham NG4 3DQ, UK

Monday... 1.00pm-5.00pm. Advisor: Sandra Francis. Please call 0800 246 5343 for an appointment.

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!

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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!

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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.

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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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