Help to quit smoking at hand in West Lothian

The New Year is the ideal time to quit smoking and help is easily available for those in West Lothian wanting to become smoke-free.

A variety of stop smoking services offering support is available across the region for patients and staff and members of the public.

Free stop smoking services such as one to one sessions and group sessions regularly run across approximately 17 West Lothian locations in morning, afternoon and evening slots.

By ringing stop smoking advisors at Smokeline, support and advice can be accessed including information on quitting aids like Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), Zyban and Champix.

In addition, a stop smoking team is based at St John’s Hospital who can support patients to quit, and staff at Bathgate Primary Centre can also provide help region-wide. All community pharmacies also provide free help and support.

Each year approximately 1,400 people stop smoking in West Lothian.

Helena Connelly, NHS Lothian smoking cessation co-ordinator, said: “From January to March, we see the biggest success rates for people quitting smoking in the Lothians as the New Year is always a time when people are focused on adopting positive mindsets and looking to lead healthier lifestyles – and stopping smoking is one of the best ways of achieving this.

“Those who quit with support double their chances of successfully quitting than those without and if nicotine replacement is also used, you are up to four times more likely to quit.

“A good start for anyone thinking about stopping is to ring Smokeline free on 0800 84 84 84 as they can provide practical advice and help.

“No Smoking Day is coming up in March and this is always another good opportunity for people to quit smoking.”

Frank Toner, Chair of West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership, said: “We want to encourage as many people in West Lothian to quit smoking as possible. In West Lothian we have a wealth of services which can be a real help to those who want to lead a smoke-free life.”

For support and information, contact Smokeline free on 0800 848484, visit or look at the Stop Smoking Service pages on the staff intranet. 

Anne McMillan, Executive councillor for health and care, added: “It is good news that support is available for people who have set a goal of stopping smoking in 2013 and that accessing support can significantly increase their chances of success.  No Smoking Day is 13 March so people starting now could be well on their way to quitting by then.”