Giving up smoking is one of the best things you'll ever do for your health. There are lots of other benefits too, and they start almost immediately.

It's never too late to quit, so join the thousands of people stopping smoking this October as part of the NHS's Stoptober Campaign. Let's do this!

Many people try to quit smoking with willpower alone, but it's much easier with the right help. There are lots of support options available, so try a combination that works for you.

Giles's Story: How I gave up Smoking

"I began smoking aged 18 and within a few years I was smoking 25 a day. I often thought about quitting but the time never seemed right. Twice I tried but failed miserably only stopping for a few days. I've smoked for 40 years.

Then one day 6 years ago, a friend of mine said he was going to stop by using Champix. "Tell me more" I said and he explained what it was. "You should try it". So I booked an appointment with my doctor surgery and was interviewed by the nurse. "You need to state a date that you're going to give up, we recommend 5 to 7 days after starting the course" she said. I was a bit staggered by this, "Sunday" I said.

I began the course and remember going outside last thing on Saturday night for my last smoke of the day. Following morning, Sunday, I made a cup of coffee, opened my back door, put my hand down to pick up the cigarettes and to my utter astonishment I didn't want one. In fact, I haven't had one since.

I have very little will power. I always wanted to give up smoking and if someone could wave a magic wand and make me an ex-smoker I'd go for it. Champix gave me a mental tool kit to deal with smoking. Very occasionally I'd have a gentle urge for a smoke. It was a bit like being pestered. I just told the urge to go away and it did. Now I can stand next to someone smoking and it doesn't bother me in the slightest, even if I inadvertently inhale a few fumes.

Giving up has revolutionised my life. I've been able to retire early as there has been a huge cost saving. I feel I have more energy and I've really got into fitness. My lungs feel better and I don't wheeze!"

Did you know?!

If you can make it to 28 days smoke-free, you're 5 times more likely to quit for good.

Quitting tips

You have made a great decision to give up smoking. Here are some tips to help you succeed.

Once you have picked your quit date, remember to add it to your calendar.

  1. List your reasons to quit
  2. Tell people you're quitting
  3. If you have tried to quit before, remember what worked
  4. Use stop smoking aids
  5. Have a plan if you are tempted to smoke
  6. List your smoking triggers and how to avoid them
  7. Keep cravings at bay by keeping busy
  8. Exercise away the urge

For local advice for stopping smoking in Leicestershire visit:

Or alternatively visit the NHS website for guidance: