We know that quitting smoking isn't always easy. People who receive help and support from their local stop smoking service are much more likely to successfully quit and are four times more likely to stay smoke-free.


Why Quit Smoking?

  • Stopping smoking can make a huge difference to your life and to your health.
  • The benefits start as soon as you stop.
  • Stopping smoking improves your health and the health of people close to you.

The decision to stop smoking can only be made by you, and so it is useful to firm up in your mind why YOU want to quit.

Can't Stop is also full of lots of tips, tools, and information on preparing to quit smoking.  Try out some of these tools below:


Help With Quitting

NHS stop smoking services are available throughout Shetland.  Trained, friendly advisors will help you by giving expert advice and practical support.  Advisors can help with choosing medication(s) such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), varenicline (Champix®) or bupropion (Zyban®).

We can help you with issues like:

  • Coping with cravings.
  • Advice on withdrawal smptoms.
  • Planning for tricky situations.
  • Preventing a relapse.

Research shows that the more support you get, the better your chance of stopping smoking - if you use NHS stop smoking services you are 4 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE SUCCESSFUL than if you try on your own. 


Where you can access support:

  • Your local pharmacy - available 7 days a week. All pharmacies in Shetland provide a one-one support programme, where you'll have the opportunity to call in weekly, or as often as you can to collect medication (if required) and chat over any issues.
  • NHS Shetland Health Improvement Department - call 01595 807494 to find out about one-to-one support options
  • Your local Health Centre - call you health centre to find out more information or to book an assessment appointment. 


What to expect:

All the services above provide a 12-week stop smoking programme.

  • You will meet one-to-one with an advisor
  • They will ask you about your motivation, confidence and any problems or worries you might have about quitting
  • They will ask you about your smoking habits and behaviours, and help you to find ways to cope during difficult times
  • Your advisor will discuss medication options that can help to manage the physical withdrawals associated with stopping smoking.  Medication is available free-of-charge. 
  • Carbon monoxide testing is offered, which involves blowing into a hand-held machine. 
  • If you are ready to quit you will set a quit date.
  • You will visit every week, or as often as you can, for 12 weeks
  • Your first appointment can last up to 30 mintues,  after this appointments usually last about 10 minutes. 


Advice for Health Professionals

Brief Advice - A 30-second chat can be lifesaving!  As Professionals, we can support our patients/clients/service users who smoke to quit by asking: How do you feel about your smoking? And: Would you like support to quit? If they would like to quit, or considering giving up, then they can self-refer to any of the services above, or you can refer them by contacting the practitioner in the patient's local area.  A smoking cessation advisor will then be in touch with the person to discuss options and arrange the most appropriate support.