Help to stop smoking

Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do to dramatically increase your chances of living longer. This page will signpost you to services where you can access one-to-one support.


The government is advising that now is a good time to quit smoking, as smoking can make the impact of coronavirus worse. While some smoking cessation services may be affected during the outbreak, there are still online and telephone support services available to help you.

Benefits of quitting smoking 

You don’t have to wait long for the benefits to start once you stop.

  • In 20 minutes your blood pressure and pulse return to normal
  • In 8 hours nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in your blood are halved
  • In 24 hours carbon monoxide will be eliminated from your body and your lungs will have started to clear out the tar that’s been clogging them up
  • In 48 hours no nicotine will be left in your body. Your senses of taste and smell are greatly improved
  • In 72 hours your breathing becomes easier and your energy levels increase
  • Between 2-12 weeks your circulation improves and exercise can be easier
  • Between 3-9 months any coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve

Cost of smoking 

Smoking is expensive and you might be surprised at how it all adds up. On average, most people who quit save around £250 each month.

That's nearly £3,000 a year going up in smoke. What else could you spend that money on?

Getting help and support when you are stopping smoking is really important

You are three times more likely to successfully quit by getting professional help. In Swindon, you can access free one-to-one support along with stop smoking medicines, which are available for the cost of the prescription, through the Stop Smoking Service offered at most GP surgeries and pharmacies.

For more information, contact the Swindon Stop Smoking Service direct or visit: Local Stop Smoking Services 

Useful contact

Stop Smoking Service Tel: 01793 465512


Find services and support: 




NHS Smokefree website 


Stop smoking aids

Some people find nicotine cravings the hardest thing to handle about quitting. If this sounds like you, then there's no need to worry. There are plenty of stop smoking aids and treatments out there and they can give you the extra support you need to kick the habit for good.

NHS stop smoking medicines

There are plenty of stop smoking medicines out there and they can give you the extra support you need to beat the addiction. For more information, visit: Stop Smoking medicines 

Many thousands of smokers are quitting with e-cigarettes. There is growing evidence that they can help people stop smoking for good. Using an e-cigarette isn't completely risk free, but it is much less harmful than smoking and can be especially effective when combined with additional support to help you quit, such as one-to-one Stop Smoking Services offered by many GPs and pharmacies in Swindon. For more information, visit: E-cigarettes