We couldn't verify your ID. Please upload a photo ID to continue with your order.
Stopping smoking isn’t easy, but the benefits are obvious. You can add years to your life, and reduce your chances of disease as you get older.
We can help you find a way to quit smoking for good. Talk to us to get tailored recommendations, and order stop smoking medication online.
Always read the leaflet that comes with your medication and tell us about any side effects you get.
We know health, but you know you.
Our experts tell you what’s safe, but you decide what’s best.
Answer a few questions and tell us about yourself. Get tailored advice from our clinicians so you can choose better.
Choose your treatment and how often you have it delivered.
We know things change. It’s the nature of life. We’ll check in regularly to make sure your treatment is still right for you.
Pause. Change. Skip. Start again. Any time you like.
The first thing you need to quit smoking is the will to become a non-smoker. The second is to get advice on how best to do that. There’s no one size fits all approach for quitting smoking, but there are some tried and trusted methods that we can help you with. Prescription treatments like Chantix have shown to be effective at helping many people to quit.
There are a lot of ways, so it’s a matter of finding the right one for you. Many statistics show that you’re more likely to quit with the help of stop smoking aids and treatments, but with so many available, finding the right one might take a little time. Some of the most popular include medications and nicotine replacement therapies (NRT).
Stopping smoking can have a profound effect on your health and your bank account (usually you’ll spend less on cigarettes and have more money). It significantly reduces the risk of various cancers and cardiovascular diseases. But even this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the health effects associated with smoking. Food tastes nicer. Your skin improves. In fact, there’s barely a part of the body that isn’t affected by it.
How we source info.
When we present you with stats, data, opinion or a consensus, we’ll tell you where this came from. And we’ll only present data as clinically reliable if it’s come from a reputable source, such as a state or government-funded health body, a peer-reviewed medical journal, or a recognised analytics or data body. Read more in our editorial policy.
It’s been estimated that it can take some smokers 30 or more attempts to quit. So if you have a few hiccups along the way, that’s totally normal. But if you stay determined, there’s every chance that you can stop smoking forever.
And once you’ve quit, you’ll likely notice some positive changes in the body over time. These little milestones are massively beneficial to your health, and knowing what’s going on inside (and not solely focusing on the negative experiences of quitting smoking), can be a great motivator. This is where the stop smoking timeline comes in.
It takes just 20 minutes for signs of improvement to take effect as your heart rate will return to its normal rate. After eight hours, carbon monoxide levels are halved in the body and your oxygen levels are also increased. The carbon monoxide leaves your body completely after two days and your lungs start to recover. Your sense of taste and smell start to return to normal too. And the following day, you’ll find that your bronchial tubes can relax again, helping you to breathe more easily.
Over the next few weeks, the blood flow to your heart will increase considerably and after just three to nine months, any coughing and wheezing will disappear as your lung capacity increases. Long term, it takes just a year for your risk of a heart attack to reduce by 50%, and in ten years, the same for lung cancer risks.
As an added bonus, you won’t spend as much on tobacco. So you not only have the energy to do more, you’ll be able to better afford it too.
Smoking increases your risk of various cancers, including cancers of the throat, mouth, liver, lungs, stomach and pancreas. And this is just a fraction of the cancers associated with it. Heart disease, strokes, various vascular diseases, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), pneumonia and impotence in men can also all be caused by smoking.
It’s not just your own health as a smoker that’s at risk. Passive smoking (breathing in the smoke of other peoples’ tobacco) increases your chances of developing all of the conditions mentioned above by as much as a quarter, with young people at particular risk.
Quitting cold turkey can be very difficult, and stats from the UK’s NHS suggest that just 3% of people that try this method are successful with it. But separate studies suggest it’s the most effective method in some cases. The trick is to find the best approach for you and make sure you get the right support, whatever route you take.
Prescription medication has been shown to be highly effective for many people who have successfully quit smoking.
It should be noted though that they will not work alone; a commitment to becoming a non-smoker and some willpower are still needed if you choose to stop smoking this way.
The main prescription treatments to stop smoking are Varenicline (Chantix) and Bupropion, which work in different ways. These are available as stop smoking tablets you take by mouth.
Chantix is the brand name of the drug varenicline. It works in two ways: by reducing the severity of cravings that makes quitting smoking so difficult; and by minimizing some of the more problematic symptoms, such as mood swings and insomnia. A course of Chantix normally lasts for 12 weeks, but sometimes people take it for longer.
The drug bupropion was originally prescribed to treat depression. The science behind how it works isn’t entirely clear, but it’s understood that it has an effect on the part of the brain that’s connected to addiction. It should be started a week or two before you quit smoking and a course lasts for seven to nine weeks.
As well as stop smoking treatments, there are stop smoking aids that can usually be bought over the counter. One of the most commonly used are NRTs (nicotine replacement therapies). These work (you guessed it) by replacing the nicotine you’re no longer getting from smoking to help wean you off the habit. They come as patches, gums, inhalators, tablets, lozenges and oral or nasal sprays, so there’s plenty of choice.
Another way to wean yourself off smoking is E-cigarettes, which is an electronic device that releases nicotine (but without many of the harmful chemicals in tobacco). These are essentially another form of NRT, so they shouldn’t be used alongside things like gum or patches.
Have something specific you want to know? Search our info below, or ask our experts a question if you can’t find what you’re looking for.
If there’s a particular treatment or condition you’re looking for, tell us and we’ll look into it for you.
Submit your question here, or tell us if you’ve found an issue on our site.
If you made a mistake on the gender selection, you can amend this by pressing 'Cancel' below and changing your gender. If you entered the correct gender but made a mistake on the treatment category selection, you can choose a different category by pressing 'Choose other treatment' below.
You can continue as a guest, or sign in with your Treated account if you have one.
You’re signed up to our newsletter. Keep an eye on your inbox for our latest update.
We’ll get back to you very soon. We aim to respond to all queries in one working day.