Quit Your Way Scotland
Quit Your Way Scotland is an advice and support service for anyone trying to stop smoking in Scotland.
You can contact Quit Your Way Scotland for free by:
- phoning a Quit Your Way Scotland advisor on 0800 84 84 84
- chatting online with a Quit Your Way Scotland advisor
Our helpline services is open:
- Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm
The webchat service is open within those times subject to advisor availability.
How Quit Your Way Scotland can help
Quit Your Way Scotland is run by NHS 24 on behalf of the Scottish Government and is staffed by trained advisors who'll be able to give you personalised advice.
The service can help by:
- helping you plan to stop in a way that suits you
- talking through all the options available to you
- offering support and advice when you're trying to stop
- referring you to free local NHS services
- sending you a free Quit Your Way Scotland booklet
- being there when other support services may be closed..
Whether you're ready to stop, just beginning to think about it, or are just looking for information, Quit Your Way Scotland is here to help you.
Quit Your Way Scotland has no minimum age limit, and you have the choice to chat with us for free on the phone or through webchat.
You can trust Quit Your Way Scotland to respect your confidentiality. You won't receive any letters and we won't share your information without your consent.
We know that smoking isn't just about cigarettes. If you've started using e-cigarettes, instead of or alongside cigarettes, we can provide support. If you're smoking alongside recreational drugs, we can signpost you to help and advice.
What happens when I get in touch?
When you contact a Quit Your Way Scotland advisor they'll find out as much as they can about your current smoking habits. They'll offer advice and information to increase your chances of stopping for good.
Everyone's different, and that means the way you stop smoking needs to be tailored to your needs. It's all about finding a combination that works for you.
At Quit Your Way Scotland we know that willpower alone isn't always enough to stop for good. Our advisors will guide you through what's helped other smokers, and help you figure out what's most likely to work for you. This could range from advice and information to finding you help in your local area.
Request a quit booklet
If you live in Scotland, you can use our form to request some information booklets to help with your quit attempt.
How to Stop Smoking and Stay Stopped
There are a range of myths around stopping smoking. There's no truth to these myths so don't let them put you off stopping before you get started.
This booklet will give you the best possible chance of success, especially if used together with the free support and stop-smoking medication.
iQuit – Stopping Smoking When You're Pregnant
If you're pregnant, there’s never been a better time to stop smoking. The earlier you stop smoking in your pregnancy, the better.
This booklet explains why the choices you make when you’re pregnant affect your baby’s health as well as yours, and how to get support to help you quit.
If you prefer, you can ask for either booklet to be posted to you.
72 hours and beyond
With support from Quit Your Way Scotland you can beat your cravings in the first 72 hours and beyond.
Make a quit plan
Quitting is tough, but being prepared boosts your chances of success.
By following a few easy steps we can help you create a personalised quit plan, get ready to quit and find out what to expect along the way.
In your plan you will:
- set your quit date
- choose your reasons for quitting
- notice when you have a cigarette and add your triggers - knowing these will help you stay in control
- prepare to fight cravings and add tips for beating these to your quit plan
Getting help from local services
Scotland's free and friendly local stop smoking services can hugely increase your chances of having a successful quit attempt and staying stopped for good.
Wherever you stay in Scotland, you can get help from your local pharmacy and specialist stop smoking services.
Lots of people contact Quit Your Way Scotland for a bit of support when they're feeling tempted. We can help keep you feeling strong and motivated. It doesn't matter whether you want to speak to us for 2 minutes or 10 minutes, we're here to listen and help.
Even if your last quit attempt wasn't successful, Quit Your Way Scotland can help you get back on track.
You don't have to give up smoking alone. With advice and support, your chances of quitting are vastly improved.