How frequently will I attend sessions with the Stop Smoking Advisor?

This will depend on your lifestyle needs, we will agree this at your assessment.

Is this service suitable for me?

If you are ready to make changes to your lifestyle and commit to reaching your goals then absolutely! If more specialised support is needed we can signpost you into the relevant service. 

When and where are the stop smoking sessions?

Sessions are held across Essex Monday – Saturday at various times in accessible and safe community venues. Telephone, text and email support are available too.

Will I have to pay anything for the service?

Our services are free but medications issued are subject to a prescription charge unless you are eligible for free prescriptions.

Will I put on weight once I stop smoking?

When you stop smoking there is likely to be a change in your metabolism. This is due to the way smoking effects your body’s absorption of nutrients and water. Your adviser can work with you on this throughout your treatment.

What methods and treatments do you offer?

This will depend on your lifestyle needs and health. Will discuss all the options with you and agree this at your assessment.

What kind of treatments are available?

There is a prescription medication called Champix. This was developed to help people stop smoking and is available subject to eligibility at many GP practices and participating pharmacies. 

Can I use an e-cigarette / vape to stop smoking?

These products are not yet regulated or licenced as medications therefore we cannot recommend their use or supply them however Public Health England released an independent review that concluded e-cigs are at best estimate around 95% safer than conventional cigarettes. We will offer you support in stopping smoking if you choose to use an e-cig/vape knowing the above and this can be in combination with NRT subject to assessment with our adviser.  

How do I manage stress without a cigarette?

We recognise that if you are dependent on Nicotine, quitting may bring on stress. Using stop smoking medications can help with this. Coping strategies are discussed at sessions with your adviser in order to strengthen your self-management during difficult times. 

What is NRT?

NRT is short for Nicotine Replacement Therapy. It is a medically-approved way to take nicotine by means other than tobacco. It is used to help with quitting smoking. 

What is the difference between using NRT and smoking?

Through smoking you inhale Nicotine and around 4,000 other chemicals - of these 69 are known to cause cancer. When using NRT instead of smoking, your body receives just clean Nicotine without the unwanted extra chemicals (carbon monoxide, arsenic, acetic acid etc).

How old do you need to be to use NRT?

Any smoker aged 12 and above can use NRT. 

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