Local help to stop smoking

Scotland’s free and friendly local stop smoking services can hugely increase your chances of having a successful quit attempt and staying stopped for good. Wherever you stay in Scotland you can get help.

The NHS provides pharmacy and local specialist stop smoking services.

Pharmacy services

Your local community pharmacy provides a free stop smoking service. The service is:

  • local – there’s usually one in every neighbourhood
  • convenient – you can drop in to pick up your stop smoking medication and access 1 to 1 support when it suits you, like during lunch breaks or after work
  • flexible – you can go at a time that suits you and it doesn’t have to be the same time of day each week

The pharmacist will explain the medications available to help you quit smoking. They can talk to you about the different types of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) available. They’ll tell you the pros and cons of each to help you decide which option is the best for you.

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Quit Your Way stop smoking pharmacy support

A video about how your local NHS pharmacy can support you to quit smoking as part of the free NHS Quit Your Way stop smoking service.

Local specialist stop smoking services

You’ll be able to access 1 to 1, telephone and support sessions in your local area. These will be either by appointment or on a drop-in basis. The venue could be a local building like a:

  • GP practice
  • pharmacy
  • community centre
  • hospital

Find out more about what a stop smoking adviser does.

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1 to 1 support

1 to 1 support allows your adviser to work more closely with you. This allows you to discuss specific situations at each session. Even if you’re just thinking of stopping, 1 to 1 sessions can help you set a quit date. The 1 to 1 support might be over the phone or face to face.

Telephone support

You can access support from you local stop smoking adviser over the phone.

Support sessions

Support sessions can help if you’re looking for support from other people facing the same challenges. It’s often the case that members support each other outside the session. Combined with the support of your adviser, this will increase your chances of quitting.

Quit Your Way Scotland

Contact Quit Your Way Scotland to find the right support for you in your area.

Last updated:
20 December 2022

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