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Quit Smoking Service

We no longer provide the Birmingham stop smoking service.

Please contact Birmingham City Council or visit your GP for advice.


Tips for keeping your home and car smoke-free

  • Protect your family and friends by smoking outdoors
  • Let your family and friends know that your house and car is smokefree
  • Ask people not to smoke around you
  • Get rid of any ashtrays
  • Never smoke in any room that your child uses
  • Never smoke in the car, even with the window open
  • Never smoke around babies, young children or pregnant women
  • When making short journeys try to smoke before or after you reach your destination

Giving up smoking is not easy but with help and support from your stop smoking service, you are up to four times more likely to stop than with will power alone. 

Quit smoking sessions

When you join you will be seen on a one-to-one basis with a trained advisor.  You’ll be encouraged to set a quit date and to attend a minimum of eight sessions.  The first initial appointment will approximately be for 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes review appointments for 7 weeks.  Our advisor will check your level of addiction and advise you on the best treatment to help you to quit.

Your advisor will be able to tell you about nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products and other stop smoking medicines, and recommend which product or combination of products could work for you.A weekly carbon monoxide check will be taken to help you track your progress.  This is a great motivational tool because it helps you to see the benefits of giving up smoking.

Passive smoking

Like a lot of people, you may think that other people’s tobacco smoke is simply a bit unpleasant. But it is much worse than that. Secondhand smoke is harmful to health. 

Second hand (or passive) smoking is the smoke that you breathe in from other people’s cigarettes.   This is the smoke exhaled by you, plus the smoke created by the lit end of a cigarette.  Most of the secondhand smoke is invisible and odorless, although you may not notice everybody’s health can be affected. Children are particularly vulnerable, their chances of getting asthma doubles.  And if they already have asthma, breathing will worsen.  Pregnant women exposed to secondhand smoke can pass on the harmful chemicals to their baby.

The Facts

Exposure to Secondhand smoke has immediate health risk; non smokers can develop the same disease as a smoker including cancer and hearth disease, because secondhand smoke contains 4,000 toxic chemicals. It is estimated that secondhand smoke causes thousands of deaths each year. 

Even if you open a window, secondhand smoke will still be present in a room after two and a half hours! Even if you can’t see or smell any smoke, it’s probably still there. Smoking in a car is even worse because all of the smoke is concentrated into a small space.