Stopping smoking can be challenging. But it is our job is to support you every step of the way.

There are many reasons why people smoke such as stress, boredom and socialising. We call these triggers and everyone has their own. Our coaches and practitioners will work with you to understand your triggers and help you to manage them without smoking.

How can we help?

Our Stop Smoking services are available, and free, to everyone living or working in Essex, excluding Southend and Thurrock. All you need to do is fill out our online assessment. 

We can support you in finding the right treatment, advice and support in various locations across the County including GP surgeries, pharmacies and specialist clinics.

Allen Carr’s Easyway – online seminars

Allen Carr’s Easyway will be delivered via an online seminar. It’s like a training day and will last for around 5-6 hours amongst a group of up to 15 smokers. This method is 100% drug-free and you can sign-up for it online. 

The seminar presenter is an experienced Allen Carr’s Easyway therapist who has successfully used the method to quit smoking themself.

There aren’t any health lectures or photos of smokers' lungs or anything like that. Instead, you’ll be helped to identify and understand the reasons why you smoke in spite of all the obvious disadvantages.

To find out more about Allen Carr's Easyway, click here.

NRT, E-cigarettes and vaping

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (which can include skin patches, chewing gum, inhalators, lozenges, and mouth spray) or consumer products like e-cigarettes can help reduce cravings and manage withdrawal symptoms experienced when stopping.

These products can vastly improve your chances of success, more so when combined with our specialist behavioural support.​​​​​​

Our service also works with a number of Vape stores across Essex. If you'd like to give up smoking cigarettes by using an e-cig or vape, you can get support from one of the shops below. 

Vaporever UK - 10 West Avenue, Clacton (next to M&S)

Grizzly Vape Shop - 27 The Stow, Harlow, CM20 3AN

Medication

Champix, a medicine also called varenicline, is not currently available. It has been withdrawn as a precaution because of an impurity found in the medicine. It's not yet known whether it will be available again.

Proportion (ZYBAN) can be an alternative. This is a medication organically used to treat depression. It's not clear exactly how it works, but it's thought to have an effect on the parts of the brain involved in addictive behaviour. Zyban is only available via prescription via your GP and it's not accessible via our Stop Smoking Service.


With our support and medication, you are four times more likely to stop for good

The benefits of stopping smoking:-

After 20 minutes

Pulse rate returns to normal. Contrary to common belief you will feel less stressed! NRT helps combat cravings which can be interpreted as stress.

After 8 hours

Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood reduce by more than half and oxygen levels return to normal. 

After 48 hours

Carbon monoxide and nicotine levels will return to normal. Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris. Ability to taste and smell is improved. 

After 72 hours

Breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.

After 2-12 weeks

Your circulation improves. No more cold hands and feet.

After 3-9 months

Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%.

After 1 year

Risk of heart disease is about half compared with a person who is still smoking.

After 10 years  

Risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker.

After 15 years

Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.


Get in touch

Click the below button to take our online assessment to help you understand more about your health needs, prioritise them and find the right support for you.

Take the Online Assessment TODAY

Alternatively, if you would like to speak to someone about any of our services, or would like assistance taking the assessment online please contact us on 0300 303 9988 or email provide.essexwellbeing@nhs.net to talk to one of our friendly team members.


We currently have two brilliant stop smoking offers available to our Essex residents - in line with our eligibility requirements - these include our E-Cigarette pilot and Allen Carr’s Easyway online seminar

If you are having surgery in the coming months, one of the most important things you can do before the procedure is to stop smoking.