Stopping smoking | Oxfordshire County Council

Stopping smoking

Where to get help and advice.

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Thinking of quitting?  You’re in good company.  Research shows that 70% of smokers would like to stop. There are many reasons for quitting, including saving money, wanting to feel healthier and fitter, protecting children from tobacco smoke and, of course, avoiding the serious diseases associated with smoking.

Smoking is the single greatest cause of preventable illness and premature death in the UK.  Besides cancer, it also linked to coronary heart disease, which can result in heart attacks, strokes, , causes problems with peoples breathing, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma.

The Oxfordshire Smoking Advice Service

The Oxfordshire Smoking Advice Service delivers a local, free, comprehensive service for stopping smoking for anyone who would like some help to stop smoking.

There are advisers all over Oxfordshire who can help you quit. With the right help and support from your local stop smoking service, you are up to four times more likely to quit than if you choose to go it alone.

Where to make a start

When you are ready to stop smoking, the service can help you make a start:

  • At your GP surgery: All local health centres and surgeries have trained advisers who can provide you with one-to-one advice and support. Either make an appointment at your practice or phone our helpline for details of your adviser.
  • At a pharmacy: Most Oxfordshire pharmacies have trained advisers who can provide you with one-to-one advice and support.  
  • At a place near you: There may be a trained adviser at your workplace, your college or school or in your local shopping centre - View this map to see where your nearest clinic is.
  • On your phone: there’s an app that can guide you through your quit attempt.  Search for the NHS Smokefree app
  • In your library – there are books available in your local library about how to quit.  View the list of books.

For more information on the service and how it can help you, visit the website.

For advisers

If you are a stop smoking adviser in a GP surgery, pharmacy or other location, please visit the smoke free Oxfordshire website for more information.

Last reviewed
05 April 2017
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