How to stop smoking

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Maybe you’ve tried to stop smoking before and it didn’t work, or there are other challenges that are making it difficult for you to stop.We offer free face-to-face support, via a number of community clinic across Oxfordshire, to get to know you and help you succeed in stopping smoking.



Free, proven support to help you quit now!

Join the thousands of people who have used Smokefreelife support to help them stop smoking.
Our specialist advisors are available to provide free expert advice and guidance on stopping smoking. They can advise on what stop smoking medication is best for you, set up a plan of action and help you address any problems you are facing.

We are available 7 days a week!
8.00am – 8:00pm Monday – Friday
9:30am-5:00pm Saturday and Sunday



Available treatments to help you stop smoking

Nicotine Gum

Gum is available in three strengths: 2mg, 4mg and 6mg. The 4mg and 6mg gum is most appropriate for smokers who smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day, or who are strongly addicted to nicotine. When you use nicotine gum, the nicotine is absorbed through the lining of your mouth. When you first quit you should be chewing about 1 piece of gum every hour. To release the nicotine from the gum, chew until the taste becomes strong or hot. After this you can rest the gum inside your cheek. Once the taste or heat fades you will need to chew again to release more nicotine. Discard the gum after about an hour.

Gradually you can begin to cut down on the amount of gum you use. Try chewing for shorter periods, using smaller pieces, a lower dose or alternating with a non-nicotine gum.

Is gum right for me?

Gum can be helpful because it provides short bursts of nicotine. However, some people can find the taste unpleasant or dislike having to ‘park’ the gum in their mouth.

Nicotine Patches

Nicotine patches work well for most regular smokers and can be worn round the clock (24 hour patches) or just during the time you are awake (16 hour patches), and they work by releasing nicotine directly into the bloodstream through the skin.

How to use patches

There are two ways to use patches: just during the time you are awake (16 hour patch) or both day and night (24 hour patch). The 24 hour patch may cause some sleep disturbance but is helpful for people who have strong cravings during the early morning.

Patches also come in different strengths. Whichever strength you start on you should aim to gradually reduce the strength over time before stopping the usage of patches completely.

Who should use patches

Patches are useful for those who are concerned about discretion (they can be worn easily beneath clothing) or dislike the taste of the oral products. They release a steady amount of nicotine. They may also cause skin irritation for some people.



These are small tablets containing nicotine which dissolve quickly under your tongue.How to use microtabs

Microtabs are designed to be dissolved under the tongue. Make sure you don’t chew or swallow them – this may cause unwanted side effects.

When you quit you should use one or two tablets every hour for up to three months after you quit. You should then be able to gradually cut back your consumption. Once you are taking one or two tablets a day you should be able to stop completely.

Who should use microtabs

Microtabs can also be used by those who are trying to reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke, as well as those who have quit completely. You should stop smoking within 6 months of using microtabs.

Side effects of microtabs

Possible side effects include: hiccups, sore throat, burning sensation in mouth.


Lozenges are placed in the mouth and dissolve slowly to release the nicotine and take about 20-30 minutes to dissolve.

How to use lozenges

Nicotine lozenges work in a similar way to nicotine gum. To release the nicotine from the lozenge, suck until the taste becomes strong or hot. After this you can rest the lozenge inside your cheek – once the taste fades you will need to suck again to release more nicotine. Suck until the lozenge has completely dissolved – each one should last 20 to 30 minutes.

You should use lozenges for about twelve weeks. For the first six weeks you should have one lozenge every one to two hours. You should then reduce your intake to one lozenge every two to four hours, finally reducing to once every four to eight hours in the last two weeks of treatment.

Who should use lozenges

Lozenges are helpful because they provide short bursts of nicotine. Lozenges should not be used by people with mouth ulcers.


Inhalators look like a plastic cigarette. The inhalator releases nicotine vapour which gets absorbed through your mouth and throat. If you miss the ‘hand to mouth’ aspect of smoking, these may suit you.

How to use inhalators

A nicotine inhalator works by releasing nicotine vapour when you suck on it. Inhalers work very quickly so you should reach for your inhaler whenever you feel strong cravings for a cigarette. Each inhalator contains a disposable cartridge which has enough nicotine for around 3 to 4, 20 minute puffing sessions. This equates to around 400 puffs.

You should use the inhalator for a total of twelve weeks. Use between six and twelve cartridges per day for the first eight weeks depending on how many cigarettes you smoke. For the following two weeks reduce this by half, finally stopping the use of the inhalator completely in the last two weeks of treatment.

Who should use inhalators

The advantages of inhalators are that they work much more quickly than gum or lozenges. They can be therefore used directly when you experience cravings for a cigarette. They also feel very similar (because of the motion involved in using them) to a cigarette so become a good replacement – especially for those who miss the ‘hand to mouth’ aspect of smoking.

Nasal Spray

The spray delivers a swift and effective dose of nicotine through the lining of your nose.

How to use nasal spray

You use the nasal spray by releasing one spray into each nostril twice an hour. It should be used no more than five times an hour and no more than forty doses a day. Each dose will give the equivalent nicotine contained in one cigarette. This is the fastest way that nicotine can enter the bloodstream reaching the brain within 10 minutes.

You should use the nasal spray for a total of twelve weeks. Use between one and two doses per hour for the first eight weeks depending on how many cigarettes you smoke. For the following two weeks reduce this by half, finally stopping the use of the nasal spray completely in the last two weeks of treatment.

Who should use nasal spray

The advantages of nasal sprays are that they work much more quickly than gum or lozenges. They can therefore be used directly when you experience cravings for a cigarette – and most closely mimic the rush you get from smoking than any of the other forms of nicotine replacement therapy(NRT).

The nicotine nasal spray is the strongest form of NRT. This can be a very useful and effective form of medication for highly dependent heavy smokers who have difficulty giving up using other methods.

However this method is not suitable for everyone and may cause side-effects such as nose and throat irritation, coughing, and watering eyes.


*Only available to people aged 18 or overVarenicline, also known as Champix works by reducing your craving for a cigarette and by reducing the effects you feel if you do have a cigarette. You set a date to stop smoking, and start taking tablets 1 or 2 weeks before this date. Treatment normally lasts for 12 weeks. Champix is not available if you are pregnant or if you have a pre-existing medical condition.

Champix provision in Oxfordshire has changed, instead of going via your GP eligibility will now be assessed by Smokefreelife Oxfordshire’s community advisors. If eligible, individuals are referred on to their nearest PGD Pharmacy, to pick up the stop smoking therapy. See below for your nearest PGD Pharmacy.

*As a Pharmacy, if you are interested in providing this service under a PGD, please Contact or Email Us


*Only available to people aged 18 or over.*

^ Prescription only medicationBupropian also known as Zyban is a tablet which helps you to stop smoking. You start taking Zyban one to two weeks before you quit and treatment usually lasts for a couple of months to help you through the withdrawal cravings. It’s only available on prescription and is not available if you are pregnant, or if you have a pre-existing medical conditions – discuss this treatment option with your advisor and/or your GP.

Mouth Spray

This 1mg fresh mint flavour mouth spray gets to work on cravings in 60 seconds. One dispenser contains 150 sprays of 1mg nicotine per spray. Spraying 1-2 sprays of Quickmist into the mouth is equivalent to one cigarette.

How to use

If using for the first time or if you have not used the spray for 2 days, you must first prime the spray pump. Priming: Point the spray away from you and any other adults, children or pets near you. Press the top of the spray with your index finger 3 times until a fine spray appears. Spray into your mouth avoiding the lips and try not to inhale while spraying and not swallow for a few seconds after spraying. If you find the taste too harsh try spraying onto your hand and use your tongue or finger to transfer spray to mouth (more controlled and effective). Use 1-2 sprays every 30 minutes to 1 hour. No more than 4 sprays per hour. Do not exceed 64 sprays per 24 hours.


Support Near You

Support in your community

All local community clinics featured on the map below are drop-in, with no appointment necessary, just turn up! We provide a 12 week treatment program, free of charge*, combining behavioural support with either Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or Varenicline (Champix) for to those looking to quit smoking.  There are 7 different NRT products to choose from and pending an eligibility questionnaire, Champix is also available as an alternative option to NRT.

  • Prescription charges apply only when using Varenicline (Champix)

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GP Practices

The General Practices featured on the map below provide their own in-house stop smoking service (for their registered patients ONLY). This consists of a 12 week treatment program, combining behavioural support with either Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or Varenicline (Champix) for those looking to quit smoking.

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The pharmacists listed on this page provide a Varenicline (Champix) PGD. This means that anyone who would like to quit smoking and use Varenicline (Champix), needs to have their eligibility assessed by one of the community clinic advisors, PRIOR to going to the Pharmacy

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For support centres in your area, click on the boxes below or enter your postcode to find your nearest support centre:

Banbury Town Mobile Clinic Banbury, OX1 6UN

Every Tuesday  10:00-17:00

Every Friday 9:00-1pm

Parade Pharmacy - PGD 51.80966016692481, -1.279443503008224

Call to book beforehand!

Pharmacist is only available every other weekend

Trained Pharmacist - Esha Gupta - 01865 373333

Day Lewis Pharmacy - PGD 108 Greenwood Way, Didcot, OX11 6GD

Trained Pharmacist - Sangita Uppal - 01865 736593

Bicester Pharmacy - PGD 134 Buckingham Crescent, Bicester, OX26 4HB

Trained Pharmacist - Asad Mahmood - 01869 321549

Faringdon Pharmacy - PGD 3 London Street, Farindgon, Oxfordshire, SN7 7AE

Trained Pharmacist - James Famakin - 01367 244632

Bilep Chemist - PGD 190 Abingdon Rd, Oxford, OX1 4RA

Trained Pharmacist - Kirit Patel & Bimal Patel - 01865 244468

Boots the Chemist - PGD 4/5 High Street, Thame, Oxon, OX9 2BU

Trained Pharmacist - Michael Hutt - 01844 213882

Boots the Chemist - PGD 50-51 Market Place, Wantage, OX12 8AW

Trained Pharmacist - Laura Jane Hughes (Weekend Pharmacist) - 01235 765227

Morrisons 24-31 Black Bourton Road, Carterton, OX18 3HA


Every Monday 11:00 - 18:00

Van located in Morrisons Car Park

Banbury Library Marlborough Road, Banbury, OX16 5DB


Every Wednesday 9.30-17:00

Every Saturday 10:00-16:00

Oxfordshire County Library Queen Street, Westgate, Oxford, OX1 1DJ

Closed Friday 14/12/18

Every Friday 10:00 - 16:00

Kidlington Library 23 Oxford Rd, Kidlington, OX5 2BP


Every Wednesday 09:30 - 12:30

Wantage Library Stirlings Rd, Wantage, OX12 7BB


Every Thursday 9:00 - 13:00

Woodlands Surgery Burchester Place, Banbury, OX16 3WT

Lloyds Pharmacy - PGD 7 Burford Road, Carterton, Oxon, OX18 3AG

Trained Pharmacist - Jane Green - 01993 842572

The Smiths Chemists/Avicenna Pharmacy - PGD 172 Kennington Rd, Kennington, Oxford, OX1 5PG

Trained Pharmacist - Ammarah Tariq - 01865 736593

Lloyds Pharmacy - PGD 20-21 Market Place, Wallingford, OX10 0AD

Trained Pharmacist - Hansil Ryu - 01491 836206

Abingdon Mobile Clinic Market Place, Abingdon OX14 3HG, UK


Every Wednesday, 10:00 - 16:30

(No appointment necessary)

Thame Mobile Clinic Upper High Street Car Park, 27a Park Street, Thame, OX9 3EZ

Closed Friday 21st & 28th December

Every Friday, 10:00 - 16:00

(No appointment necessary)

Bloxham Pharmacy - PGD High St, Bloxham, Banbury OX15 4LU

Trained Pharmacist - Raza Hassani - 01295 722169

Tesco In Store Pharmacy - PGD Wallingford Rd, North Moreton, Didcot, OX11 9BZ

Trained Pharmacist - Diane Wood & Ziad A Laklouk - 0345 6779220

Barton Pharmacy - PGD 6 Underhill Circus, Oxford, OX3 9LU

Trained Pharmacist - Bharat Badian & Jankee Keshani - 01865 763106

Chipping Norton Pharmacy - PGD Chipping Norton, OX7 5FA

Trained Pharmacist - Maya Kavlakova, Rosa Garcia, Guiseppe Scigliano - 01608 648002

Chipping Norton Health Centre Russell Way, Chipping Norton OX7 5FA

Westbar Surgery 6 Oxford Rd, Banbury, OX16 9AD

Horse Fair Surgery South Bar House, S Bar St, Banbury, OX16 9AD

The Key Medical Practice Exeter Close, Oxford Rd, Kidlington, OX5 1AP

Leys Health Centre Dunnock Way, Oxford, OX4 7EX

Montgomergy House Surgery Piggy Lane, Bicester OX26 6HT, UK

St Bartholemews Medical Centre Oxford OX4 1XB, UK

Bicester High Street Mobile Clinic Sheep Street, Bicester, OX26 6WD, UK


Will be holding a stall at the Christmas Market (look out for smokefeelife banner)

Saturday 15/12/18

Every Monday 10:00-16:00

Every Saturday, 10:00 - 16:00 



(No appointment n10:00-16:00ecessary)

John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, OX3 9DU

Here For Health Centre, JR Main - Level 2, Blue Outpatients

Every Friday, 09:30 to 17:00

open until 3pm Friday 14/12/18

(No appointment necessary)

Horton Maternity Stop Smoking Clinic Banbury OX16 9AL, UK



Didcot Tesco Mobile Clinic (Drop in) Didcot OX11 9BZ, UK


Every Thursday, 10:00 - 16:00

(No appointment necessary)

Witney Mobile Clinic Market Square, Witney OX28 6AD, UK

Closed Tuesday 18th &25th December & 1st January

Every Tuesday, 10:00 - 16:30

(No appointment necessary)

Templars Square Shopping Centre Pound Way, Oxford OX4 3XH, UK


* Advisor is opposite Brow Lodge - Pedicure

Monday - Saturday 09:00 - 17:00, Sunday 10:00 - 15:00

(No appointment necessary)

Alternative Support


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To quit with Bella is really easy.

Download the app and start talking to Bella. Talk to her in a completely natural way. Advanced artificial intelligence allows for you to have a fluid and human like conversation with Bella.

Answer the questions and talk honestly with Bella. She will use her knowledge to provide you with personalised support. Bella remembers your situations as you describe them to her, so you always get a personalised service.

You can also talk to Bella by pressing and holding the microphone, as well as hearing her talk by pressing and holding a message.

Technology has advanced, and we should now feel the benefits of our progress. Quit with Bella today, and start your journey to becoming smoke free for life!

NHS Smokefree app

The Nhs Smokefree app can help you stop smoking by giving daily support and motivation. If you stay smokefree for the 4-week programme you’re up to 5 times more likely to quit for good.

This app is a great way to help keeping you on track throughout the day, used in combination with the support we offer it is able to help keep you quitting!

Join the thousands who have already quit with our support.

Download from iTunes

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Smoking Cessation Nation

Join other quitters to stay motivated as you quit smoking. Open the app when have a craving and instead play a game or connect with others. It also shows you how much money you’re saving and how much you’re helping your body by not smoking. You can earn reward badges for your progress if you’re into incentives.

Download from Google Play


Smokefreelife Oxfordshire is an e-cigarette friendly service!

E-cigarettes, alternatively known as ‘vape devices’, are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to smoking or as a way to quit smoking. Public Health England (PHE) published an independent review in 2015 covering e-cigarette use among young people and adults, public attitudes, the impact on quitting smoking, an update on risks to health and the role of nicotine. The key findings are listed below:

  • Vaping poses only a fraction of the risks of smoking and switching completely from smoking to vaping conveys substantial health benefits
  • E-cigarettes could be contributing to at least 20,000 successful new quits per year
  • E-cigarette use is associated with improved quit success rates over the last year and an accelerated drop in smoking rates across the country
  • Thousands of smokers incorrectly believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking; around 40% of smokers have not even tried an e-cigarette
  • There is much public misunderstanding about nicotine (less than 10% of adults understand that most of the harms to health from smoking are not caused by nicotine)
  • The use of e-cigarettes in the UK has plateaued over the last few years at just under 3 million
  • Evidence does not support the concern that e-cigarettes are a route into smoking among young people (youth smoking rates in the UK continue to decline)

If you would like more information about e-cigarettes, please contact the Oxfordshire Stop Smoking Service (telephone 0800 246 1072 or 01865 238 036).