Health and social care

Support to stop smoking

Our City of York Council Health Trainers service offers free support for all York residents to help them stop smoking.

  • You are 3 times more likely to quit with help and support
  • Someone who smokes 20 cigarettes a day can save over £2,500 per year if they stop smoking
  • Between 2 weeks to 3 months after you stop smoking, your heart attack risk will have started to drop and your lung function will begin to improve

Our service provides courses which can support you to change your smoking behaviours, and advise you which medications to buy, if necessary.

If you think we could help you to feel happier and healthier by making health or lifestyle changes contact the CYC Health Trainers.

For more information please download our leaflet, posters, postcards and referral form.

Priority referrals for pregnant women or patients waiting for surgery

12 weeks' free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is available for pregnant women.

We also offer a voucher scheme for pregnant smokers.

Healthcare professionals can continue to refer clients to the Stop Smoking service via their surgeries, or you can self-refer by calling us.

Voucher scheme for pregnant smokers

Stopping smoking during pregnancy is one of the best things you can do for your health, and the health of your baby.

Cigarettes restrict the essential oxygen supply to your baby, so their heart has to beat harder every time you smoke.

Our stop smoking incentive scheme for pregnant women offers free nicotine replacement therapy, for both you and a significant other and up to £170 for completing the programme and becoming smoke-free.

Vouchers are available for a number of retailers, including:

  • Argos
  • John Lewis
  • ASOS
  • Boots
  • Pandora

Contact the CYC Health Trainers for more information or to make an appointment.

Stop smoking medication

Examples of medication which can help you stop smoking:

  • nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) (patches, chewing gum) can be bought at any pharmacy
    • we're currently able to offer free NRT for 4 weeks, and for up to 12 weeks for pregnant women
  • e-cigarettes can be brought from many retail shops and reputable outlets online
    • we’re currently able to offer free e-cigarettes and e-Liquid for 4 weeks, and for up to 12 weeks for pregnant women

Stop smoking case study

Mum and daughter Tina and Claire couldn't believe how much money they saved by quitting. They both used their local Stop Smoking service to go 'smoke free'.

Tina, 49, had been smoking for 30 years before she quit. She had gone through a period of ill-health shortly before she took the decision to quit, and had been using nicotine replacement therapy. Claire decided to quit as well, helping to support her mum - and they did it together by seeing an expert adviser from their local Stop Smoking service. Their adviser helped them figure out the best treatment to suit each of them individually.

Tina says:

''I can't believe the money I have saved - I've used it to join a gym to get fit. I'm able to do more exercise because I can breathe more easily, it feels great!"

We look forward to helping you on your journey to becoming 'smoke free'.

Also see

CYC Health Trainers

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 553377