What stage are you at?

Sometimes you might think that stopping smoking is like going round in circles.

Does any of this sound familiar?

  •  I’ve thought about stopping smoking.
  •  I’ve tried to stop smoking.
  •  I had stopped smoking but started again.

In order to increase your chances of success, it helps to be in the right frame of mind and to want to stop.

If you need help to decide how you feel about giving up smoking, tick the statement below that best applies to you, and find out where you should go from here.

I have no intention of stopping smoking

Stopping smoking takes a lot of determination and you are more likely to be successful if you are 100 percent committed. However, don't put it off for too long because you're 'waiting for the right time', in case the 'right time' doesn't come. Go to Know about smoking to find out more about how smoking can affect you.

Don't forget, when you feel ready to stop, there is plenty of support available to help you.

I think I should stop, I'm just not sure if I can

Giving up smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. Find out about all the benefits in the Thinking about quitting section.

There are plenty of aids now available that will increase your chances of success. You can also access free smoking cessation services — use the locator to find your closest service. Did you know that by using NRT and support services, you are four times more likely to be successful?

I want to stop and am going to give it a try

It's great you're going to stop smoking, it could be one of the best decisions you've ever made. Use our top tips section to help you prepare and find out about some of the great benefits of stopping.

I have set a quit date

Setting a quit date is the first step to becoming smoke-free. Use our top tips section to help you prepare and find out about some of the great benefits of stopping.

I have successfully stopped

Congratulations on becoming a non-smoker. Your body should have already started to heal itself, and you should continue to benefit from being smoke-free for years to come. Go to the Ready to stop section for tips and advice to keep you on track.

I had stopped recently but I've started again

Don't worry about it, you can learn from this experience and use it to help you the next time. The ability to go without cigarettes at the start, when cravings and other withdrawal symptoms are strongest, shows you can do it.

When you feel ready to have another go, read through the Thinking about stopping section to see the great benefits of stopping and the aids that can increase your chances of success.