Smoking cessation

Nicotine is an addictive substance, therefore quitting can be extremely difficult. There are a number of evidence-based smoking cessation treatments now available that may be able to help. Trying to stop smoking can reduce your risk of developing lung cancer and improve your overall health.

The HSE QUIT programme is a multi-pronged approach to quitting smoking. It can help you with the best ways to manage cravings and withdrawals and advise on nicotine replacement therapy as well as the various prescription treatments available. You can also draw up a personalised QUIT plan to suit your own needs.

There are also a number of local Stop Smoking Services around the country that you can link in with in person. These offer advice and support and also provide free nicotine replacement therapies.


Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are battery-powered devices that heat a form of nicotine mixed with flavourings and other chemicals to create an aerosol that the user inhales.

Medical advice recommends avoiding vaping. This is because there is little evidence as of yet on the long-term effects of vaping or their use in quitting smoking.

If you need help quitting vaping, the HSE QUIT programme is also appropriate.