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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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
*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.
Find all of the locations your local community that provide support
The GPs listed on this page provide a stop smoking service (for their registered patients ONLY)
The pharmacists listed on this page provide a one-to-one stop smoking service to anyone who lives, works, or studies in Nottinghamshire
For support centres in your area, click on the boxes below or enter your postcode to find your nearest support centre:
Hanley Avenue, Bramcote, Nottingham NG9 3HF, UK
Tuesday's - 1pm - 3.30pm - Advisor: Sandeep Punglia
Please call 0800 2465343 to make an appointment
St Georges Centre
Victoria Road, Netherfield, Nottingham NG4 2NN, UK
Advisor: Tina Hatton
Tuesday - 11am - 2pm Please call 0800 2465343 to book an appointment
Eastwood, Nottingham NG16 3GB, UK
Monday's - 1pm - 4pm. Open to all. To book an appointment call 0800 246 53 43.
Advisor: Angela Speller
Plains View Surgery
Plains Road, Nottingham NG3 5LB, UK
Plains View Surgery is available to all. To book an appointment please contact the surgery on 0115 962 1717. Clinic times Mon - Friday 8am – 4pm (Thursdays 8am -1pm)
Broxtowe Borough Council
Beeston, Nottingham NG9 1AB, UK
Wednesday's - 9.30am - 12.30pm Advisor: Sandeep Punglia
Please call 0800 2465343 to make an appointment
St Peters Medical Practice
Mansfield NG18 1EE, UK
Tuesdays: 10am - 12 noon - Advisor: Carol Goodwin
Please call 0800 2465343 to make an appointment
Long Lane, Carlton in Lindrick, Worksop S81 9AR, UK
Thursday's 1.30pm - 3.30pm
This is only available to registered patients. Please contact the surgery for an appointment - 01909 732933
Sutton In Ashfield Library
The Idlewells, Sutton-in-Ashfield NG17 1BP, UK
Thursdays... 9.30am till 11.30am. Advisor: Delany Burton. Please call 0800 246 5343 for an appointment.
Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottingham NG17 7AE, UK
Telephone Support Available:
Monday - 10am - 12 noon - Rosie Waters
Tuesday - 1pm - 2.30pm & 4pm - 7pm - Delany Burton
Wednesday - 9am - 11.30am - Carol Goodwin
Wednesday - 11.30am - 12.30pm - Angie Speller
Wednesday - 2pm - 4.30pm - Carol Goodwin
Thursday - 2pm - 6.30pm - Tina Hatton
Friday - 9am - 12 noon - David Ledger
Torkard Hill Medical Practice
Farleys Lane, Hucknall, Nottingham NG15 6DY, UK
Tuesday...1.00pm - 4:30pm - Advisor: Carol Newman
Thursday...9.30am - 12 noon - Advisor: Sandra Francis
Please call 0800 246 5343 for an appointment.
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**
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 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 - Asda Pharmacy
Loughborough Rd, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7JA
Tuesday 3.00pm till 7:30pm. Advisor: Tina Hatton Please call 0800 2465343 for an appointment. Report to reception.
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
Open to all - Please call 08002465343 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**
Sandy Lane Surgery
77 Sandy Lane, Mansfield, NG18 2LT
Tuesday... 1pm - 3pm - Advisor: Angela Speller. For an appointment call 0800 246 5343
Hucknall Health Centre
Curtis Stree Hucknall Notts, NG15 7JE
Thursday 2.30pm-6.30pm. 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 open to all - please call 0800 246 5343 to make an appointment
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.
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
Wednesdays - 12.30pm - 4.30pm Advisor: David Ledger.
Thursdays - 9am - 1pm - Advisor: Tina Hatton
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: David Ledger. Please call 0800 246 5343 for an appointment.
Thursday...1pm - 5pm. Advisor: David Ledger. Please call 0800 246 5343 for an appointment.
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