Once you've made the decision to quit smoking, it's time to decide on your strategy. That means getting the right support for your lifestyle and smoking habits.
Today there's a huge range of support available - so how do you choose the method that suits you best?
First of all, get expert help: contact one of the many helplines out there to get tailored support and advice.
Your GP and pharmacist can also help.
Answer these two simple questions. Your answers will help steer you in the right direction.
1. How soon after waking up do you have your first cigarette?
- Within 5 minutes
- 5 to 30 minutes
- 31 minutes to 1 hour
2. How many cigarettes do you smoke in a day?
- More than 30
- 21 to 30
- Fewer than 20
What did you get? If you answered:
AA, AB, or BA
It is very likely that you have high nicotine dependence, making you very addicted to smoking. You should explore
nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and prescription drugs
as possible options to help you stop. If you decide to use NRT you should consider starting with the strong patches
or gum. If you have a particularly high level
of dependency, the nasal spray may be appropriate.
BB, BC, CB
Your nicotine dependence is moderate, although it is still very likely that you are addicted to smoking. Nicotine
patches and gum
would help your chances of stopping. Consider starting with medium strengths.
You have a lower level of nicotine dependence. Nicotine patches
and gum will help you manage stopping smoking.