For smoking-related illness, speak with your local pharmacist or your GP.
For help in quitting smoking:
The best way for smokers to improve their overall health is to stop smoking completely. How you choose to quit is up to you but prescription medication and support from a specialist at your local stop smoking service gives you the best possible chance of stopping successfully. Quitting smoking can be hard but it is much easier with support.
Contact your free local Stop Smoking Service:
Weekly support and medication is available face to face, by telephone or online.
Quit4Life covers the whole of Hampshire (excluding Portsmouth and Southampton Cities) and provides free NHS support to help you quit smoking if you live or work in the area.
Quit51 covers Surrey and provides free support to help you quit smoking if you live or work in the area.
Talk to your local GP, Pharmacist, practice nurse, midwife, health visitor or other health care professional.
They can offer advice and directly refer you to the local stop smoking service.
If you are thinking of ‘going it alone’ consider using a nicotine-containing product like patches, gum or an electronic cigarette.
Cigarettes are very addictive, and self-control alone might not be enough for you to stop entirely.
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is available to buy on prescription from a pharmacist or local store
You could also consider trying e-cigarettes. While they're not risk free, they are very much safer than cigarettes and can help people stop smoking.
Read more about using e-cigarettes to stop smoking: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/smoking/Pages/e-cigarettes.aspx
Find online support
The national Smokefree website has been designed to give a range of evidence-based support for you. It's all available for free and can boost your chances of success whatever method you are using. Follow the instructions and connect with the free online support that is available.
The NHS free Smokefree app
This 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. http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/smokefree.aspx
Use it alone or alongside other support.
Online community forums
Health Unlocked offers online community forums where you can meet other smokers quitting. Use this alongside your other support.
If you live or work in Farnham, visit www.quit51.co.uk, to find the courses closest to you, as well as course times and contact details for the organisers.