How to Quit - Smoke Free Liverpool

How to stop smoking

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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 9:30am – 4:30pm, 5 days a week. 9:45am – 11:45pm, on Saturday!



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.

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.

Your GP will only provide you with Champix if you are having behavioural support through Smokefree Liverpool. If you are wanting to use Champix as quit method, then please discuss this with our stop smoking advisor who will be able to write a request letter to your GP.


*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

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

WOW Asda Walton Liverpool L4 9XU, UK
Asda Walton Every Thursday 10am-11.45am

WOW Tesco Park Road L8 4XF
WOW Tesco Car Park, 215 Park Road, L8 4XF Every Wednesday 1pm-3.15pm

WOW L7 Village Market Prescot Road, Liverpool L7 0JB, UK
WOW L7 Village Market Every Friday 1.00pm-2.30pm

Phillips Chemist 112-114 Breckfield Road North, Liverpool, UK
0151 263 2786

Orrell Park Pharmacy 65 Moss Lane, Litherland, Liverpool, UK
0151 525 1003

Lloyds Pharmacy 503 West Derby Road, Liverpool, UK
0151 263 1762

John Hughes Chemist 225 Breck Road, Liverpool, UK
0151 263 1157

Forshaw's Pharmacy Belmont Grove, Liverpool, UK
0151 263 1678

Daveys 99 Holt Road, Liverpool, UK
0151 263 8836

Daveys 253 Kensington, Liverpool, UK
0151 263 6735

Boots Unit 5 Landford Avenue, Liverpool L9 6BR, UK
0151 525 7699

West Speke Health Centre Blacklock Hall Road, Speke, Liverpool L24 3TY, UK
Speke Every Tuesday 2.00pm-3.15pm

Ellergreen Childrens Centre Liverpool L11 2RY, UK
Norris Green Monday 9.30am-10.15am

Westminster Medical Centre Aldams Grove, Liverpool L4 3TT, UK


Tuesday 10.00am-11.00am


Outside Tesco Old Swan St Oswald Street, L13 2BY

Old Swan

Saturday: 10.00am-11.45am

Woolton House Medical Centre Woolton Street, L25 5JA


Friday: 3.00pm-3.45pm

Green Lane Medical Centre Tuebrook, L13 7DY


Friday: 2:30pm-3:45pm

Stanley Medical Centre 60 Stanley Road, Kirkdale, Liverpool L5 2QA


Friday: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Sefton Park Library Aigburth Road, L17 4JS

Sefton Park

Friday: 1:00pm - 2.15pm

The Brink 15-21 Parr Street, Liverpool, L1 4JN

City Centre

Friday: 12.:00pm-1:15pm

Kensington Park Neighbourhood Centre 157 Edge Lane, Liverpool, L7 2PF


Friday: 10:00am - 10:45am

Croxteth Family Health Clinic Altcross Road, L11 0BS


Friday: 10:00am - 11.15am

Asda Smithdown Road 126 Smithdown Road, L15 3JR

Wavertree (Wellness on Wheels)

Friday: 9.15am-11.45am

Matalan, Wavertree Retail Park Wavertree Road, L7 5LZ

Wavertree (Wellness on Wheels)

Thursday: 1.00pm-2.00pm

Princes Park Health centre Bentley Road, Liverpool, L8 0SY

Tuesday: 2:00pm - 2.45pm

Wednesday: 5.30pm - 6.15pm

Breeze Hill Neighbourhood Health Centre 3 Rice Lane, Liverpool, L9 1AD


Tuesday: 9.00am-10.45am

Wednesday: 5:15pm - 6.45pm

Allerton Library Allerton Road, L18 6HG


Wednesday: 4:00pm - 5.15pm

Abercromby Health Centre Grove Street, Liverpool, L7 7HG


Wednesday: 4:00pm - 4.45pm

Childwall Medical Centre The Fiveways Centre, 1st Floor, 215 Childwall Road, L15 6UT


Wednesday: 4:00pm - 4.45pm

Spellow Library County Road, L4 3QF


Wednesday: 3.15pm - 4.30pm

Bridge Community Centre 2 Daneville Road, Liverpool, L4 9RG

Norris Green 

Wednesday: 2:00pm-3:15pm

Riverside Pharmacy Park Street, Liverpool, L8 6QP

Toxteth 1-2-1 appointment only

Wednesday: 1:30pm-2:30pm

Dovecot Library Dovecot Parade, L14 9BA

Dovecot 1-2-1 no app. needed

Wednesday: 1:00pm - 2.30pm

Lloyds Pharmacy 629-631 West Derby Road, L13 8AG

Tuebrook 1-2-1appointment only

Wednesday: 10.00am - 11.15am

Margaret Thompson Medical Centre East Millwood Road, Speke, L24 6TH


Wednesday: 10:30am - 11.15am

Life Rooms Evered Avenue, Walton, L9 2AF


Wednesday: 10:00am - 11.15am

Ellergreen Medical Centre 24 Carr Lane, Liverpool, L11 2YA

Norris Green

Wednesday: 10:00am - 11.15am

Vauxhall Medical Centre Limekiln Lane, Vauxhall, L5 8XR


Wednesday: 10:00am - 11.15am

Outside Royal Hospital Main Entrance, Prescot Street, L7 8XP

City Centre (Wellness on wheels)

Wednesday: 9.45am-11.45am

Hunts Cross Health Centre Hillfoot Road, Liverpool L25 0ND, UK

Hunts Cross 1-2-1appointment only

Wednesday: 9:00am-9:45am

St Marys Millennium Centre Meadow Lane, West Derby, L12 5EA

West Derby

Tuesday: 5.30pm - 6.45pm

Picton Neighbourhood Health Centre 139 Earle Road, Liverpool, L7 6HD


Tuesday: 3:30pm - 4.45pm

Bousfield Surgery Westminister Road, L4 4PP


Tuesday: 3:00pm - 4:15pm

Norris Green Library Townsend Avenue, Liverpool, L11 5AF

Norris Green

Tuesday: 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Netherley Health Centre Middlemass Hey, L27 7AF


Tuesday: 2:00pm - 3.15pm

Bounce Chemist 18 Prescot Road, L7 0JA

Fairfield : 1-2-1appointment only

Tuesday: 2:00pm-2.45pm

Townsend Neighbourhood Health Centre 98 Townsend Lane, L6 0BB


Tuesday: 12.00pm-1.15pm

Sefton Park Medical Centre Smithdown Road, Liverpool, L15 2LQ


Tuesday: 11.00am-12.15pm

Everton Road Health Centre 45 Everton Road, Liverpool, L6 2EW


Tuesday: 10:00am - 10:45am

Yewtree Medical Centre Berryford Road L14 4ED


Tuesday: 9:00am - 10.15am

Belle Vale Health Centre Hedgefield Road, L25 2XE

Belle Vale

Tuesday: 9:00am - 10.15am

Tuesday: 4:00pm - 5.45pm

Croxteth Community Fire Station, L11 9AP


Monday: 6.00pm - 6.45pm

Royal Liverpool Hospital J&K Clinic, Prescot Street, L7 8XP

City Centre

Monday: 5.00pm-5.45pm

The Elms Medical Centre The Elms, Liverpool, L8 3SS

Dingle 1-2-1 no app. needed

Monday: 4:30pm - 5.45pm

Speke Neighbourhood Health centre 75 South Parade, Speke, L24 2SF


Monday : 4:00pm-5.45pm

Wednesday: 1:00pm - 2.45pm

Wavertree Library The High Street, Wavertree, L15 4LP


Monday: 4.00pm-4.45pm

Garston Library Bowden Road, Garston, L19 1QN


Monday : 2:00pm - 2.45pm

Long Lane Health Centre Long Lane, Fazakerley, L9 6DQ


Monday: 2:00pm - 3.15pm

Old Swan One Stop Shop Derby Lane, Old Swan, Liverpool, L13 6QA

Old Swan

Monday : 1:00pm -2.15pm

Breck Road Library Breck Road, L5 6PX


Monday: 1:00pm - 2.15pm

Asylum Link, 7 Overbury Street, Liverpool, L7 3HJ


Monday : 12.00pm-1.15pm


Lloyds Pharmacy 66 Muirhead Avenue East, Liverpool, L11 1EN

West Derby 1-2-1appointment only

Monday : 10:00am - 10:45am

Mere Lane Medical Centre Mere Lane, Liverpool, UK

Anfield, Liverpool, L5 0QW

Monday - 9:30am - 10:15am 


Alternative Support

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.



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.


E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to smoking or as a way to quit smoking. There is an assumption that, as they only contain nicotine, they are less harmful than tobacco. However, e-cigarettes are not regulated which means that you can’t be sure of the ingredients or the amount of nicotine they contain.In Nottinghamshire, health professionals do not support the use of e-cigarettes as a tool to quit smoking. This is due to the lack of regulation and lack of research into their effectiveness in helping people quit. Leading experts are also cautious about e-cigarettes as the harms they can cause are still unknown.

The government has recently banned the sale of e-cigarettes to under-18s. As 80% of adult smokers first started smoking before the age of 20, this hopefully will reduce the likelihood that young people will become smokers.

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

For Frequently asked questions about E-Cigs Click Here