Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health - but many smokers who want to quit or cut down aren’t sure of the best way to go about it.
Giving up is not something you have to do on your own. You can access expert advice, treatment and support at your local stop smoking service. With professional help, you’re three times more likely to quit for good.
Smokefree for 2023
If you want to cut down or quit smoking this year, experts recommend these ten top tips to help you succeed:
- Pick a quit date and add it to your calendar
- List your reasons to quit
- Use stop smoking aids to help manage cravings
- Change your routine if you smoke at certain times of day
- Tell people you are quitting
- If you’ve tried to quit before, remember what worked
- Have a plan if you are tempted to smoke
- List your smoking triggers and how to avoid them
- Keep cravings at bay by keeping busy
- Exercise away the urge
Stop smoking services
It’s never too late to quit. Whether you do it for your health, your looks, your family or your finances, you can boost your chances of success by getting support.
- If you live in Leeds, or are registered with a Leeds GP, you can find support to quit through the Leeds Stop Smoking Service. Their free smoking cessation service provides one-to-one sessions and group meetings with trained advisers.
- If you live outside the Leeds area, the NHS Stop Smoking Service helps you find your local support network. Simply enter your postcode into the search box for a list of service centres near to you.
- Dowload the NHS Quit Smoking app, which allows you to track your progress, see how much you’re saving and receive daily encouragement messages: App for Apple or App for Android.
- Join the NHS Smokefree: Quit Smoking Support Facebook Group, where you can interact with others to share tips and advice in a friendly and supportive environment.