Stop smoking service

Fairlop Pharmacy's Stop Smoking service is a free NHS service whose aim is to provide advice, information and support to smokers in Redbridge who wish to quit. You are up to four times more likely to quit smoking with support.

Our advisers are highly experienced in helping people to quit smoking and understand the difficulties. Our team are friendly, non-judgemental and informal.

Why quit?

Whether it's your health, the health of your loved ones or money issues, there are various reasons why you should quit smoking and our team will be able to discuss these in more detail.

Risks of smoking

Benefits of quitting

Success stories

Information on second hand smoking


The financial cost of smoking - calculator

Products to help

There are a number of products that can help you to quit smoking. Click on the links below for more info or speak to a member of our team today for advice on using these products.

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)


NRT can be bought from pharmacies and some shops. It's also available on prescription from a doctor or NHS stop smoking service.

It's available as:

  • skin patches

  • chewing gum

  • inhalators (which look like plastic cigarettes)

  • tablets, oral strips and lozenges

  • nasal and mouth spray


You can find more information here via NHS Choices

Varenicline (Champix)

Varenicline (brand name Champix) is a medication that works in two ways. It reduces cravings for nicotine like NRT, but it also blocks the rewarding and reinforcing effects of smoking.

Evidence suggests it's the most effective medication for helping people stop smoking.


You can find more information here via NHS Choices



An e-cigarette is an electronic device that delivers nicotine in a vapour. This allows you to inhale nicotine without most of the harmful effects of smoking, as the vapour contains no tar or carbon monoxide.


Research has found that e-cigarettes can help you give up smoking, so you may want to try them rather than the medications listed above. As with other approaches, they're most effective if used with support from an NHS stop smoking service.

You can find more information here via NHS Choices


How we can help

Our team are here to support you at whatever stage you are on your journey to stop smoking. See our treatment programme below, along with where you else can get 1:1 support.

  • 1:1 support – Pharmacy

  • 1:1 support – GP Practice

  • 1:1 support – Specialist community clinic

  • 1:1 support – Hospital

  • NELFT Quitline - call on 0800 032 0102, available from 9:00 am - 7:30 pm Tuesday to Thursday.

  • E ’cigarette friendly service (although we cannot supply e ‘cigs, we can give the behavioural support that makes a big difference to success rates)

Outline of treatment programme:

  • Free, friendly, non-judgmental weekly sessions (minimum 4 sessions)

  • Advice on how to manage cravings and withdrawal

  • A choice of stop smoking medications, Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patch, gum, etc), Zyban or Champix available on prescription

  • Support tailored to your needs

  • Carbon monoxide checks at each appointment to show you how well you are doing

  • A genuine welcome back if you start smoking again and want to have another go at quitting

  • Support by telephone helpline

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