Welcome to the parents section of "smoke's no joke". We aim to arm you with all the information you need to tackle family smoking issues.

Quit smoking

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It's never too late to quit smoking. Once you get over the age of 35, every year you continue to smoke costs you 3 months of life expectancy.

70% of smokers say they want to quit smoking for good. Quitting smoking is difficult because nicotine addiction is powerful to overcome. But it's not impossible and there's plenty of help and support available.

Quit medication

Nicotine replacement therapy can help support smokers during the stopping smoking process, helping them to wean themselves off nicotine. They work by delivering a steady dose of nicotine without cigarettes, so helping to reduce the cravings. This helps the smoker to adjust to life without cigarettes and helps them to maintain their motivation to quit once the treatment course is run.

The medications available include nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) for example, patches, gum and mini lozenge. NRT can be obtained free of charge through a voucher from The Hull and East Riding Stop Smoking Service, there's no need to make an appointment with your GP.

Psychological support is also vital to strengthen the person's determination not to start smoking again. Smokers are around four times more likely to quit for good if they have support.

Preparation, preparation, preparation

Stopping smoking is a life-changing decision and needs thought, planning and mental preparation in just the same way as any other major life event.

The Hull Stop Smoking Service

The Hull and East Riding Stop Smoking Service knows that everyone is different and offers a range of FREE local services. They are able to visit schools and carry out a six-week support programme to those wanting to stop smoking, this includes:

  • One to one appointments
  • Discussions around trigger points, coping strategies, peer pressure, consequences of smoking and healthier lifestyle choices
  • Carbon monoxide reading
  • Weekly support and handouts
  • Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can be used from the age of 12
  • Certificates given when individuals successfully complete the course

The service also offers a range of digital services including:

  • Quit Buddy, a mobile phone text support service. To register text the word BUDDY to 61825 (standard network rates apply) or Quit Online by simply visiting and register to quit

Alternatively, contact the service on 0800 915 5959 or text QUIT to 81825 and we can find a local Walk In session that is most convenient for you.

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