Preparation can help you stop smoking.
To get ready to quit:
- Keep a smoking diary for about 2 weeks - this will help you understand your smoking pattern and spot your triggers.
- Write down ways to deal with or avoid situations that trigger you to smoke.
- Plan how you’ll stop smoking - make a Quit plan and set a quit date that you can stick to.
- Get support from our stop smoking advisors and other people quitting at the same time as you.
- Prepare to cope with cravings and withdrawal - they won’t last forever.
- Ask about how nicotine replacement therapy (such as patches or gum) or prescription treatments might help you.
- Get the medicines you need and check you know how to take them.
If you are using a prescription medicine such as varenicline (Champix), you need to start taking it about 10 days before your quit date.
Getting the right support and medicines can increase your chances of quitting by 3 to 4 times. Contact us for help and advice.