Many smokers want to quit but aren't quite sure how to go about it. There's lots of free support on offer, from local face-to-face services to advice on the phone and online chat. Finding the right support for you will greatly help your chances of quitting.

Every cigarette you smoke causes real harm. Learn about how your body recovers once you stop.

Shisha is still tobacco and its as harmful as smoking cigarettes.

Local help to quit

If you need more support, find your local stop smoking service through the Stop Smoking London Portal.  They also provide more general information about quitting.  If you just want to speak to a specially trained advisor, you can call the helpline on 0300 123 1044.

You can also talk to your local pharmacy (pdf, 227kb). They have specialist stop smoking advisors who can help you plan how to quit and support you through the first few difficult weeks after you stop smoking.

Specialist stop smoking services

For smokers who may find it harder to stop smoking or who are housebound, specialist stop smoking services offer more intensive support. This service is for:

  • pregnant women
  • parents with children under 18
  • people with long-term physical health conditions
  • people with mental health conditions
  • routine and manual workers

If you fall into one of these categories, contact our free stop smoking service.  They can give you advice, support and encouragement to help you stop for good.  You can book an appointment by emailing or calling them on 0800 169 6002.

Useful links

  • Smoke free - information on why and how to quit, as well as inspirational success stories
  • One you - information on smoking and how to quit
  • NHS Choices - information on key times to quit, coping with cravings and myths about quitting

Page last updated: 02 August 2019