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The most successful quitters get help. 80% of smokers who quit try to do it without help and it’s no coincidence that the same percentage (80%) also go right back to smoking. Don’t be afraid to ask for support from your family, friends and colleagues. Tell them you might be irritable and on edge for a few days and ask them to be tolerant. Support is key.

A self-help group is perhaps one of the best sources of support because you can speak face-to-face with experts and also with other people who are in the same boat as you are. Click here to find free professional advice and support in your local area, we have the latest information on free smoking cessation programmes across the UK - provided by the programmes themselves, so check it out!

If you would like to speak with a trained counsellor call a smokers' helpline:

England Quitline

0800 00 22 00

Scotland Smokeline

0800 84 84 84


0345 697 500

Northern Ireland

02890 663281 

There is a lot of online help right here at with our nightly chats (The Quitters' Café) at around 8 pm GMT and also our various Discussion Groups where you can share your experiences and learn from other people who are quitting smoking. support

Sources of Support
Winner’s Gallery
Discussion Groups
Quit & Tell
Weight, Diet & Exercise
Poets’ & Jokers’ Corner
The Soap Box
The Quitters' Café
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If you're feeling down (depression affects 1 in 4 people in the UK and you might be more prone to it right now) and you need to talk, call:

The Samaritans

0345 909090

Lines are open 24 hours a day every day of the year and it's staffed by trained volunteers.  This is a confidential service but the call (local rate) will show up on your phone bill.

0800 585 858

Lines are open from 5pm to 3am each day and it's staffed by trained counsellors.  This is a confidential service and calls (free) won't show up on your phone bill.


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