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Stopping smoking isn’t easy, but the benefits are huge. 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 your stop smoking treatment online.

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This page was medically reviewed by Dr Daniel Atkinson, GP Clinical Lead on August 02, 2022. Next review due on August 01, 2024.
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    Champix

    Varenicline

    Stop smoking by tackling cravings and withdrawal with a daily tablet.

    • Starting from £45.00
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    Buproprion

    Slow-release tablet that gives you steady support with cravings. Nine week course.

    • Starting from £47.00

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    How to quit smoking

    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 Champix and Zyban have shown to be effective at helping many people to quit.

    What are the best ways to stop smoking?

    There are lots 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 withdrawal products.

    The benefits of stopping smoking

    Stopping smoking can have a profound effect on your health and your bank balance (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 scratching the surface in terms of the health risks 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. 

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    The quit smoking timeline

    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 have halved, and in ten years, the same for lung cancer risks. 

    As an added bonus, your bank balance is likely to swell, so you not only have the energy to do more, you can afford it too.

    How smoking damages your health

    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. Second hand smoke (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 smoking cold turkey

    Quitting cold turkey can be very difficult, and the NHS website suggests that just 3% of people that try successfully quit, 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.

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    Treatments to help you stop smoking

    They might not be for everyone, but prescription treatments have 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 two main prescription treatments to stop smoking are Champix and Zyban, which work in different ways. These are stop smoking tablets that are taken orally.

    How do stop smoking tablets like Champix and Zyban work?

    Champix is the brand name of the drug varenicline. It works in two ways. The first is by reducing the severity of cravings that makes quitting smoking so difficult, and the second is by minimising some of the more problematic symptoms, such as mood swings and insomnia. A Champix stop smoking course usually takes around nine days before you notice its effects and lasts for 12 weeks.

    Zyban is the brand name of the drug bupropion and 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 the course lasts for around eight weeks. 

    Stop smoking aids

    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 with products that help to wean you off the habit. They come in patches, gums, inhalators, tablets, lozenges and oral or nasal sprays, so there’s something for everyone.

    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 the therapies listed above.

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    FAQ: Stop smoking

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    What's the difference between Zyban and Champix?

    Answer:
    Zyban adjusts the levels of chemicals called neurotransmitters in the brain. This eases the withdrawal symptoms you get when you stop smoking.

    Champix works a bit differently. It helps to tackle withdrawal by mimicking the way nicotine acts in your body. So any urges to smoke, low mood or trouble sleeping should all lessen.

    Zyban vs Champix: which is more effective

    Answer:
    There's no real difference between the two. In a clinical study, the overall success rate of each treatment was 19.8% after 12 months.

    So which option you choose is really up to you. But it was also found that people who used these medications for more than 45 days had greater success. So however you choose, it's best to give it a chance to work.

    What side effects can stop smoking treatments cause?

    Answer:
    It may depend on the type of stop smoking treatment you’re using, and not everyone gets them, but common side effects include finding it hard to sleep, headache, feeling sick, dizziness, skin rash and itching. If you get any side effects, you should discuss these with our clinician.

    Serious side effects with stop smoking treatments are rare, but if you experience agitation, behavioural changes, or depressed mood you should get medical advice right away. You should go to hospital immediately if you experience any suicidal thoughts, allergic reactions or a lupus skin rash (or symptoms of lupus that worsen).

    Seizures are uncommon, and are more likely if you take too much treatment. If you have a seizure, seek urgent medical attention and don’t take any more of your stop smoking medication.

    NRT can have side effects too. They’re normally mild, but if you find that they persist and cause you discomfort, let your GP know. They may need to adjust your dose, or explore alternative NRT options with you. Side effects include headache, dizziness, an upset stomach, sleeping difficulties (and sometimes vivid dreams), irritation of the skin if you’re using patches, and a sore nose, throat and eyes if you’re using a nasal spray.

    You should always read the package leaflet that comes with your treatment before starting to use it.

    Is hypnotherapy a stop smoking treatment option?

    Answer:
    While some people say it was key to their success, the evidence for stop smoking hypnosis therapies is mixed. Hypnotherapy aims to reduce the cravings that make stopping smoking so difficult.

    When looking for a hypnotherapist, you should consult your GP beforehand, and make sure that any practitioner you approach is registered with the Professional Standards Authority, as hypnotherapists are not required by law to have any specific training.

    Can talking about quitting help?

    Answer:
    Studies have shown that it can. Support can mean talking to a healthcare professional, support groups, and quitting at the same time as someone else and speaking about your experiences. According to the NHS website, you’re four times more likely to quit when you’re getting support in addition to other methods.

    Are there any other helpful tips to quit smoking?

    Answer:
    As well as treatments and support groups, there are other things that you can try to put into practice to help you to stop smoking.

    Approaching quitting with a positive frame of mind can be really beneficial. So focusing on what it is that you’re going to achieve rather than the short term discomfort of withdrawal.

    You can also think about when you tend to crave a cigarette, and prepare yourself for this in advance. So, for example, after you’ve had a meal, try to distract yourself with an activity or something else that you enjoy.

    Changing your usual routine can really help too. So, if you used to wake up and have a cigarette, try switching up your morning habits. For example, having a coffee on the way to work instead could help you break the cycle.

    Exercise can play a big role in quitting too. Not only is it good for your overall health, but there is some evidence that it reduces cravings. At the very least, it can keep your mind occupied in a healthy way.

    Putting a combination of these things into place really can allow you to achieve a life changing goal that you can be proud of.

    Why should I buy stop smoking treatment with Treated?

    Answer:
    Stopping smoking can be daunting, and knowing where to start with medication can make it seem even more challenging. At Treated, once you’ve told us about your health, we’ll suggest treatments that are safe and suitable for you. And from there, the choice is yours.

    We also like to give you flexibility. So you can decide how often you’d like to receive your treatment, and how much of it you want us to send to you each time. Change, pause or cancel your subscription at any point.

    If you’re unsure about anything, or if you’d just like some clarity on your treatment, you can log into your account and our clinicians will be on hand to help. Aftercare is important to us, so our clinical team will contact you regularly to see how you’re getting on with your treatment, and if you’d like us to make any changes. Whether that’s adjusting your dose or trying something else.
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