More Lothian pharmacies to offer NRT stop smoking support

The stop smoking support will now be available through an additional 53 pharmacies, following the success of the first phase launched in late December involving 40 pharmacy outlets.

The new scheme sees local pharmacies offering up to 12 weeks of 1 to 1 stop smoking support, with nicotine replacement therapy on prescription directly from the pharmacist if desired, meaning that clients do not need to visit their GP for a prescription for these therapies.

Fiona Moore, NHS Lothian Smoking Cessation Co-ordinator, said:

"NHS Lothian wants to make it as easy as possible for people to get support to stop smoking. We are delighted to be able to make this support available through a wider range of local pharmacies."

She added:

"Research shows that you are four times more likely to succeed if you receive support alongside smoking cessation medication or NRT than if you try and stop on your own. We have a team of specially-trained stop smoking advisers who will help.
"If you've tried to give up before, and started smoking again, don't worry, you are welcome to attend again. People often take several attempts before successfully breaking the habit and the key thing is to remember we're still here for you when you feel ready to stop smoking again."

NHS Lothian also provides other services to help people stop smoking such as stop smoking groups which run in Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian. Smokers can go through their "quit attempt" with others who are trying to stop smoking at the same time, and who can help keep them motivated and provide tips and advice based on their own experiences of trying to stop. GPs can also prescribe special smoking cessation medication such as Champix or Zyban to people who agree to receive smoking cessation support.