NHS Bristol Smokefree

What do I do now?



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You do not have to quit smoking

before your first support session

Firstly, let's work out what sort of support you would be most comfortable with: 

(a) community group

(where everybody quits together)

(b) one-to-one support

(just you and an advisor)

(c) home visits

(for pregnancy and hospital referrals and for house-bound clients)

(d) virtual support

(online, mobile & text messaging support .. any combination to suit your circumstances)


Here’s a brief outline of what to expect:

Weeks 1-2

The first sessions are spent planning and preparing to stop smoking, and agreeing a quit date (usually a date between weeks 2-3).

Your advisor will give you detailed information about the smoking cessation medication (nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or Champix) available to you and discuss which combination of products would suit you best.

For NRT products, you will be given a voucher to take to the pharmacy.

A voucher for a 14-day supply of one NRT product = one prescription charge.

If you are exempt from prescription charges, the medication is free of charge.

Weeks 3-4

Continued monitoring of your progress. Your advisor will also talk to you about withdrawal symptoms and help you devise coping strategies to deal with cravings. If you are concerned about weight gain, you may also want to discuss diet and exercise.

Weeks 5-8

These final sessions are to answer any questions you have as you go along, and to help you remain smokefree

Eg, discussing relapse prevention and the importance of staying focused and motivated. Learning how to stay stopped!

Each week, your advisor will use a carbon monoxide (CO) monitor to check the level of CO in your lungs.

Once you are smokefree, the level of CO in your lungs will quickly drop to that of a non-smoker.


Once you've decided on the sort of support you want, call Smokefree Bristol on 0117 922 2255 to book.


Click here for details of support in Bristol