Smoking Cessation

Stopping smoking is one of the best things you will ever do for your health. Quitting is much easier when you get the right support and there are lots of options to choose from.

Even if you’ve tried before, maybe more than once, you can still succeed. What you’ve already learned will help you reach your goal of becoming an ex-smoker.

At REMEDi HEALTH in Winchester, we have a team of experts who can support you to stop smoking and provide medication if required.

 

Book a Smoking Cessation Consultation

To start you on your stop smoking journey, book a consultation with a member of the REMEDI HEALTH team.

Choose whether its better for you to have this in our clinic or remotely, either by phone or video consultation, then select a date and time from the calendar, enter your details and confirm what your consultation is for.

Your initial appointment will last up to 30 minutes and cost £60. Treatment costs, including prescription medicines, are charged in addition.

We recommend regular check-in appointments, at £30 for 15 minutes, to continue your support and optimise success.

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Safe, private clinic

Our beautiful award-winning clinic is in the centre of Winchester and we look forward to welcoming you. Keeping you and others safe is our priority and so if you are unwell, please let us know in advance and we will make appropriate arrangements.

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Trained clinicians

Your appointment will be with a trained clinician in one of our private consultation rooms at our clinic in Winchester. Alternatively this can take place by remote video consultation if preferred. 

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Private Pharmacy

We operate within a registered private pharmacy which means that, depending on the outcome of the consultation, we can discuss and provide any required treatments, tests or referrals as appropriate. You can also be assured that we work within a strict governance framework.

About this service

The earlier you quit smoking, the more you’re likely to benefit. But it’s never too late – because quitting will improve your health whatever your age and no matter how long you have smoked.

We can support you with behavioural change techniques and medication including nicotine replacement therapy and stronger medications if this has not worked.

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About the Smoking Cessation Consultation

Over 30 minutes, your clinician will understand what you want to achieve, any previous attempts and how you wish to be supported.

If required, medication can be prescribed to help take away cravings. More information can be provided on this during your consultation.

Benefits of stopping smoking - physical

Every time you smoke a cigarette, your body is flooded with thousands of chemicals, many of which are poisonous.

The day you stop, your body starts clearing itself of all those nasty toxins and the repair process begins.

You’ll notice some benefits within days or weeks:

  • your senses of taste and smell improve
  • you start to breathe more easily
  • you have more energy

Other benefits will follow, including:

  • better blood circulation to your heart and muscles, which will make physical activity easier
  • improved lung function, leading to reductions in any cough, wheezing or other breathing problems
Benefits of stopping smoking - reducing risks

Your longer-term risks of cancer, lung disease, heart disease and stroke will be significantly reduced, and:

  • after 1 year, risk of heart attack halves compared to a smoker’s
  • after 10 years, risk of death from lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker
  • after 15 years, risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked

You will also be less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, bone disease including osteoporosis, eye disease and dementia.

Benefits of stopping smoking - better mental health

You may think that smoking supports your mental wellbeing, and helps you to relax, deal with stress and anxiety, and cope with life’s difficulties.

In fact, the opposite is true. Stopping smoking boosts mental health and wellbeing.

Evidence shows that after the withdrawal stage of quitting, people have reduced anxiety, depression and stress.

People who have quit also have increased positive mood compared with people who continue to smoke.

Benefits of stopping smoking - for your family and friends

For some people, a big reason for stopping smoking is to be there for their family and friends.

If you have stopped smoking and are physically and mentally healthy, you’re more likely to be able to support your loved ones – and be a part of their life in the future.

Also, becoming a smoke-free role model means your children are much less likely to take up smoking.

Quitting also means you’ll protect your loved ones from the potential health harms of secondhand smoke (sometimes called passive smoking).

Secondhand smoke is dangerous for anyone exposed to it, especially for children.

Stopping smoking - what can help?

Willpower is important when you’re stopping smoking, but it’s easier when combined with some extra support.

Stop smoking treatments really help with managing nicotine cravings and other tobacco withdrawal symptoms. They also boost your chances of successfully quitting, especially if you get expert support from your local stop smoking service.

If you have tried stop smoking aids before, it’s worth trying again because you may need to try a few to find what’s right for you.

Stopping smoking - prescription medicines

There are 2 prescription-only stop smoking medicines, which are in tablet form:

  • varenicline (brand name Champix)
  • bupropion (brand name Zyban)

These medicines do not contain nicotine, but they can help with withdrawal symptoms.

If recommended, they can be taken together with nicotine replacement products.

Both varenicline and bupropion are currently not available in the UK due to supply issues.

Can we help you?

Our team are standing by to help you with any questions or queries that you may have. We can advise you on the best test, product or service for your requirements.