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Tobacco is extremely addictive and causes serious health problems such as lung cancer and heart disease. Thousands of people die every year as a result of smoking cigarettes.
Secondary or passive smoking puts the health of non-smokers at risk too which has lead to smoking being banned in most enclosed public places and workplaces.
Giving up smoking can be difficult but there are lots of smoking cessation services across the country to help you. Click here to find your local service.
Lots of people use nicotine replacement therapy to help them stop smoking, which includes nicotine patches, gum, inhalators, lozenges and nasal sprays. These can help you manage your nicotine cravings as they contain nicotine, but none of the tar, poisons or carbon monoxide you get in cigarettes.
Nicotine replacement therapy is available in most chemists and supermarkets, they are used slightly differently, so speak to a pharmacist or your GP to find out how to use your chosen product and for how long before tapering off of it.
There are now two medications available on prescription which can help with smoking cessation. Your GP will be able to tell you more about them.
Most areas have NHS one-to-one or group smoking cessation support services which offer extra support when you are quitting. See the service finder above to find your local service.
Click here to read more about different types of nicotine replacement therapy.
This article was last reviewed on: 27/10/11
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