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Stopping Smoking

Helping you to quit

Solihull's Stop Smoking Service is made up of Specialist Stop Smoking Advisors who can offer friendly advice and free support to those people who want to go smokefree.

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The Stop Smoking Service offers one-to-one support for smokers to stop smoking at a range of venues across the borough, including drop-in sessions, most GP surgeries, pharmacies and a dental surgery.

"Smokers are four times more likely to stop smoking successfully with the NHS than on their own."

Anybody living in Solihull, registered with a Solihull doctor or who works in the borough and wants to kick the habit can access the service.

We understand how difficult it is to go smokefree and will only help and support you - nobody will tell you what to do.

We won't make you feel guilty or lecture you but will listen to your needs and talk over different ways to help you stay quit!

To make that step towards a healthier future you can telephone in complete confidence for information and advice without committing yourself to giving up.

For more information, view our current list of stop smoking services or phone free on 0800 015 8512 between Monday and Friday 9am - 5 pm (answer machine outside working hours).

View a list of clinics

Why quit?

We all know that giving up smoking is one of the best things you can do for a healthier lifestyle. You will be reducing your risk of serious illness and disease.

Just have a look at some of the health benefits that start straight away on quitting smoking:


20 minutes - Blood pressure and heart rate return to normal.

8 hours - Blood oxygen levels return to normal and chances of heart attack begin to fall.

24 hours - Carbon monoxide is cleared from the body.

48 hours - Sense of taste and smell start to improve.

72 hours - Breathing becomes easier and energy levels increase.

2 - 12 weeks - Circulation starts to improve – walking becomes easier.

3 - 9 months - Coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing problems improve.

2 years - Risk of stroke begins to fall.

5 years - Risk of heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.

10 years - Risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker.

How to quit

There are a number of ways people can go smokefree:

Stop Smoking Groups take place throughout the borough, both during the day and in the evening in community venues. A Specialist Stop Smoking Cessation Advisor runs the sessions. The groups run for seven weeks for an hour each week. They are relaxed and informal.

Drop-in sessions take place in the north and south of Solihull, both during the week and on Saturday mornings. Just turn up - no appointment needed. To find out more about these, get in touch.

One-to-one appointments are available and run in various venues across the borough.

Home visits are also available in certain circumstances, for example for housebound or pregnant clients.

A Specialist Pregnancy Stop Smoking Advisor supports women planning for a family, pregnant women and their partners. Home visits can be arranged in certain circumstances. For more information on smoking and pregnancy view the smoking and pregnancy webpage.

There are many stop smoking medication options, and alongside behavioural support from us you are four times more likely to give up smoking:

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) - NRT gives your body a controlled dose of nicotine in a much safer way than smoking as it does not contain the tar, carbon monoxide and hundreds of other harmful chemicals found in cigarettes. It helps you resist cravings for cigarettes and reduces the withdrawal symptoms you may feel when giving up smoking e.g. cravings and irritability. There are different products available, for example nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, inhalator, Microtab and nasal spray.

Zyban - is a tablet which helps reduce the craving for cigarettes and the withdrawal symptoms that people suffer as their body adjusts to being without cigarettes. Zyban is suitable for many people. However, it cannot be taken by people with certain medical conditions and medications. This is a prescription only medication and therefore your GP will have to agree to you using it.

Champix- is a new class of oral prescription. It works by targeting the nicotine receptors in the brain, reducing cravings, withdrawal symptoms and the pleasurable effects of smoking. Like Zyban, Champix is unsuitable for some people, for example people under 18 years of age, pregnant women, breastfeeding women and people with end stage renal disease. This is a prescription only medication and therefore your GP will have to agree to you using it.

To make that step towards a healthier future call 0800 015 8512.

What people have said about our service

Using both the behavioural support available from our service and the different Stop Smoking medications available you are four times more likely to quit! Here are just a few quotes from people who have used our service.

"The support I received from the Stop Smoking Service really helped and the regular text messages that they sent me spurred me on. I am really glad that I have quit while I am young and will never smoke again"- Adam Miley, aged 17, Marston Green.

"All I would like to say is thank you for all your help and support. I feel great and I am proud of myself. Don't even feel like one!" - Michala Gaines, aged 35, Chelmsley Wood.

"I noticed I was struggling to breathe properly and that it was an effort for me to do as much as I used to do so I decided to have another go at quitting. It's like having a new lease of life. The money I am now saving is brilliant"- Margaret Shergold, aged 75, Solihull.

Drop in sessions - Smokers can receive support and advice from friendly advisors in addition to eight weeks' supply* of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (available for a one-off prescription charge or free to those exempt from prescription charges).

You can be seen either one-to-one with an advisor or if you are trying to quit with a friend or family member you can both be seen by the advisor at the same time.

The service aims to be flexible and advisors will give you advice on withdrawal and coping strategies. Solihull Stop Smoking Service drop-ins achieve good quit rates- you can drop in when ready without having to make an appointment.

A full list of the current sessions can be viewed by downloading this fact sheet.

Tips on how to quit

If you would like to go smokefree here are some top tips to help you

  • Set a date to stop and stick to it.
  • Pick a day that will be relatively stress-free.
  • Write down all the reasons you want to stop.
  • Start to see yourself as a non-smoker.
  • The reasons for stopping can include saving money, being healthier or for the sake of the family.
  • Keep this list somewhere handy to use as a reminder if you are tempted to have a cigarette.

Prepare to go smokefree

Get rid of lighters, ashtrays and matches and make sure you don't have any cigarettes around. Remove any stale smoke smells by cleaning your house and clothes.Take it one day at a time. Concentrate on getting through each day without a cigarette. Know what you are going to say if someone offers you a cigarette – enjoy saying "No thanks – I don't smoke".

Reward yourself

Save the money you would have spent on cigarettes for a treat such as a new outfit, going out for a meal or taking a holiday. To find out how much money you will save from quitting smoking each week/month/year visit the calculate the cost of smoking page.

Once stopped, stay stopped

Remember that 'just one cigarette' will lead to another. Keep reminding yourself of the health and other benefits of giving up smoking. To make that step towards a healthier future you can telephone in complete confidence for an information pack and advice
without committing yourself to giving up.


Call 0800 015 8512 between Monday and Friday 9am - 5 pm (answer machine outside working hours).