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Quitting smoking

Smoking is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK - Every year around 78,000 people in the UK die from smoking, with many more living with debilitating smoking-related illnesses.

Smoking increases your risk of developing more than 50 serious health conditions, some of them fatal.

However, if you give up smoking, the health benefits begin almost immediately.

Second-hand Smoke

People, including children, exposed to second-hand smoke, are also at increased risk, so we should particularly avoid smoking at home and in the car.  Second-hand smoke is particularly dangerous for those with existing health conditions, like asthma or heart disease.

E-cigarette use

Switching to e-cigarettes is less harmful for the lungs and the heart, than continuing to smoke and e-cigarettes remain a useful tool to help stop smoking.

It is never too late to quit, no matter your age.

Once smoke-free, there are very real health benefits with the body continuing to repair the longer you stay smoke-free. The more immediate benefits include:

  • after 48 hours carbon monoxide is eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris
  • after 72 hours breathing becomes easier as bronchial tubes begin to relax
  • after 2 to 12 weeks blood circulation improves, making physical activity like walking and running easier

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More information:

This is designed to support and by no means replace, the services being provided locally, and which are working very hard to provide support in the current circumstances.

You can use the smoke-free app to access advice and support on how you can best stop smoking. Search ‘Smoke-free’

Getting support to quit smoking face to face is not currently possible – but there is still support available, so please contact your local stop smoking service for support and advice.


Telephone:  0800 622 6360
Text QUIT to 66777


Telephone:  0800 622 6360
Text QUIT to 66777


Telephone:  0800 772 3649
Text QUIT to 66777

Windsor and Maidenhead (inc. Ascot)

Telephone: 07936 360 109
Health professionals can refer to the service with this form.


Telephone:  0800 0614734 / 01753 373646
Text QUIT to 66777
Using the Quit with Bella app


Telephone: 01737 652168

National details

The NHS offer several ways to access some support without leaving your home.

Smoke-free App

The app can help you stop smoking by providing daily support and motivation. If you stay smoke free for the 4-week programme you're up to 5 times more likely to quit for good. Plus, you can track the days you've been smoke free and see how much you're saving! Download the Smokefree app

Daily email support

Stay focused on quitting with support sent straight to your inbox. The Smoke free emails, sent every day for 28 days, are full of advice, tips and encouragement to help you achieve your goal. Sign up for Smokefree email support