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Help to quit smoking


We all know that smoking increases our risk of health problems, including diabetes,heart, and lung problems. What is less well known is that there is a well established link between musculoskeletal pain problems and smoking. In fact smoking is a risk factor for almost every common type of pain including back pain, arthritis, and tendon pain.

This page is here to provide you with links and resources to help you quit.

Why quit now?

You are probably here because you are experiencing some musculoskeltal pain and you are a smoker, so your immediate motivation to quit may be because it should lead to a reduction in your pain.

Beyond this there are many benefits to quiting right now! The NHS has compiled a list of the top 10 ways your life will be better if you quit smoking today. Access the full list by clicking the picture below.



How quickly will I feel the benefits?

The benefits of quiting smoking start straight away.




What help can I get to quit smoking?

The telephone number of the York NHS smoking cessation service is 0300 123 1044.

For stop smoking advice or help to lose weight contact City of York Council’s Yorwellbeing Service. Phone 01904 555 755.

The main treatments available for people wanting to stop smoking are to see a stop smoking advisor and medication options. the evidence tells us you stand the best chance of quitting if you use both options. 

If you want to stop smoking, several different treatments are available from shops, pharmacies and on prescription to help you beat your addiction and reduce withdrawal symptoms.

The main options are:

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)

Varenicline (Champix)

Bupropion (Zyban)


 The NHS has also launched a quit smoking app 'smokefree' which includes a 4 week programme to help you quit. To find out more click the image below.


 Further information and resources are available on the Vale of York CCG's website here.