It’s quitting time! Stick with us to stub it out – it’s never too late to stop smoking & start living better

If you want to stop smoking, there’s no time like the present. Having a positive attitude towards quitting is the first step to reducing the temptation to light up. We know that quitting for good isn’t easy, so we’re here to give you a helping hand towards a smoke-free future.

The benefits of stopping smoking

What are the main benefits of quitting smoking? Well, we’re glad you asked. Here are some of the changes you may see when you quit for good:

• Increased lung capacity thanks to more oxygen reaching your bloodstream

• Improved blood circulation

• Pulse rate returns to normal (this can happen in as little as 20 minutes after your last cigarette)

• Increased fertility as the lining of the womb and quality and quantity of sperm improves

• Better skin – smoking speeds up your skin’s normal ageing process

• Whiter teeth – kiss goodbye to the yellow tobacco-tinge

• Less likely to develop gum disease

• Increased life expectancy

• Better sex life thanks to improved blood flow which leads to better erections and orgasms

• Improved sense of smell and taste

• Healthier loved ones – second hand smoke can increase the risk of lung cancer, stroke and heart disease

• Better mental health, thanks to lower anxiety and stress levels

Did you know you're up to four times more likely to stop smoking with support?

What help is available?

Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health and the benefits start almost immediately. If you’re looking to stop smoking, we have advice and alternatives to help you quit. Online or in store, we stock a wide range of products which can help you to cut down or stop smoking, and our trained pharmacy teams are here to support you with expert advice. 

Boots Stop Smoking Online Clinic

Boots Online Doctor Stop Smoking Treatment service* provides access to advice and treatment to help you stop smoking, without the need to visit your GP. You’ll just need to complete an online consultation where you’ll be asked a series of questions. A clinician will review your answers and check that treatment is suitable for you.

NHS Stop Smoking Services

Did you know you’re four times more likely to stop smoking with support? NHS Stop Smoking services can be found in various locations throughout the UK, including selected Boots pharmacies.

The service is there to give you a structured approach and support on stopping smoking, along with advice and supply of stop smoking medicine.**

Your Boots pharmacy team can advise you where your nearest NHS Stop Smoking service is based. You can also download the free NHS Smokefree app to access a four-week programme that gives practical support, encouragement and tailored advice.

We’ve got a wide range of nicotine replacement therapies which can help you to cut down or stop smoking. Did you know you can double your chances of stopping smoking by using NRT? Speak to our pharmacy team in store to find the right product for your needs, or find out more about NRT.

We know how hard it can be to quit, but stopping smoking at any point in your life is one of the best things you can do for your health. And with so many ways to get support as well as a variety of stop smoking aids to choose from, you don’t have to go it alone.

Smoking & COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Coronavirus is a viral respiratory infection, meaning it affects the lungs and airways. If you smoke, you may have an increased risk of contracting viral infections like coronavirus because the infection is spread easily from your hands to your face. When you smoke, your hands are in regular contact with your mouth which can increase the chance of the virus entering your body – so it’s super important to wash your hands with soap regularly.

How does smoking affect coronavirus symptoms?

Smoking may increase the severity of coronavirus and other respiratory infection symptoms because parts of your body like your lungs could already be damaged from smoking. Smoking also affects your immune system (that helps to protect you from infection) which reduces your ability to fight off and recover from a viral infection like coronavirus. Recovery from a respiratory illness may take longer for a smoker compared to a non-smoker, too.

*Access to treatment is subject to an online consultation with a clinician to assess suitability. Subject to availability. Charges apply.
**Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)


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