Hundreds of thousands of people quit smoking every year in the UK. It’s not easy, but more and more people are successfully quitting tobacco.

We asked people who have successfully quit smoking for their tips and advice to help you. Here’s what they recommended.

Find what works for you

“Follow a path that supports you. There are no hard and fast rules. What works for some people fails for others.”

You’re more likely to succeed with treatment and support from your local free quit smoking service. but there are many ways to quit. Keep trying until you find the right method.

“With a [stop smoking] clinic, you have the opportunity to sit down and talk to someone. I think that’s the main thing that helped me.”

“I think vaping helps because it takes away any cravings, but also helped replace the routine that was a big part of my smoking habits.”

“The NHS Stop smoking app was a great tool because it showed a cumulative total of days since quitting and money saved. But it also contained tips, tricks and information to continue to inspire you along your journey.”

“I realized that I would never be able to touch another cigarette or go back to square one. I was very addicted to nicotine.

Do it for your own personal reasons

Whether it’s protecting your health, saving money or not spending time with others, people have listed many reasons to quit smoking. In addition to reminding yourself why you want to quit, think about the benefits as well.

“Other people who told me to quit didn’t help. It helped temporarily but in the long run I ended up going back to it because it wasn’t coming from me and my own realization.”

“I started cycling again and I really loved being able to do it without feeling out of breath.”

“Money! I have saved so much without spending money on cigarettes.

“Quitting smoking will make you feel healthier and more independent.”

Don’t do it alone

People said that sharing their experience with a professional, friends or family helped them quit smoking for good.

“I certainly felt very alone in trying to quit. Find someone to talk to.”

“I set a date to quit smoking and told people so I would have to stick to it and I did. Their support has been a huge help.

Learn more about the support available to you.