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Quit4You - FREE Stop Smoking Service

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The 'Take a breather ...' Stoptober campaign will again encourage smokers to take up the challenge to quit smoking for 30 days and so the Islands Free Specialist Stop Smoking Service Quit4You is inviting all smokers who wish to take part to get in touch. This year has been a busy year for health and with all hospital grounds and other DHSC sites becoming smoke free 1st April 2021 there is no better time to come and have a chat with your Specialist Stop Smoking Adviser about Stoptober, the Quit4aBit programme and temporary abstinence from smoking. Whether you require a private appointment or you want some advice, Quit4You will always be happy to hear from you.

This year the 'Take a Breather...' Campaign is encouraging all work places to create smoke free staff areas as part of a combined effort to promote smoke free spaces and a Smoke Free Isle of Man. For more information contact quit4you on +44 1624 642404 or email To download a free 'Take a breather... smoke free staff area' poster to display and other Free Resources please visit our downloadable documents section.

Quitting smoking is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. 

If you’re thinking of quitting smoking we’re here to support and advise you. 

The Isle of Man Quit4You Service offers expert advice from trained Specialist Stop Smoking Advisers. 

If you quit today:

  • After 48 hours carbon monoxide is eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris
  • After 72 hours breathing becomes easier as bronchial tubes begin to relax
  • After 2 to 12 weeks blood circulation improves, making physical activity like walking and running easier

The Quit4You service is still operating during the COVID-19 disruption and are still inviting smokers to quit with us.

Make an appointment with Quit4You today.

At the moment all appointments are via a phone call. We are unable to take carbon monoxide tests at this time but we can still provide private phone consultations, behavioural support and nicotine replacement therapy.

By calling: +44 1624 642404


Self Referral: 

Request now

On receipt of your request one of our Specialist Stop Smoking Advisers will contact you to arrange a convenient appointment, at a time and place to suit you. 

You will be offered various methods to quit including Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) combined with behavioural support.

Even if you have tried to quit before there is no reason not to try again.

Fact: Pets that get exposed to secondhand smoke have a higher risk of some cancers and respiratory problems. 

Coronavirus COVID-19

If you smoke, you are putting yourself and those around you at greater risk of developing severe disease from the COVID-19 virus. Children in particular are affected by second-hand smoke.

Smoking causes damage to the lungs and airways which leads to a range of severe respiratory problems. The evidence clearly shows that the COVID-19 virus attacks the respiratory system, which explains why smokers are at greater risk of developing complications if they contract COVID-19.

Emerging evidence from China shows smokers with COVID-19 are 14 times more likely to develop severe respiratory disease.

Smokers are at greater risk of severe respiratory disease from COVID-19.

In addition, the repetitive hand to mouth movement provides an easy route of entry for the virus, putting smokers at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.
There has never been a more important time to stop smoking. Not only for your own health but to protect those around you.

If you are a smoker and are thinking about quitting please don't let COVID-19 Pandemic stop you. It is still vitally important that if you want to quit, you should. Smoking harms the immune system and so as a smoker you are less protected against infections like coronavirus.

Smokers are at a greater risk of:

  • getting acute respiratory infections
  • infections lasting longer
  • infections being more serious than it would be for someone who does not smoke

It is never too late to quit, no matter your age.

Health Benefits

Some of reasons for not wanting to quit could include: 

  • I can’t cope without it
  • I enjoy smoking
  • It is my life and my choice
  • I’m only harming myself
  • I’ve tried quitting - it’s too hard
  • My friends and family also smoke.                                                 

Consider some of the benefits of quitting. 

I want to look, feel, and be healthier

  • My chances of having cancer, heart attacks, heart disease, stroke, cataracts, and other diseases will go down.
  • I will be less likely to catch colds or the flu, and will be able to recover quicker if I do get sick.
  • I will breathe easier and cough less.
  • My blood pressure will go down.
  • My skin will look healthier and I will look more youthful.
  • My teeth and fingernails will not be stained. 

Quitting will make you feel better and improve your health. But there are other reasons to quit that you might not have thought about. 

I want a better lifestyle

  • I will have more money to spend.
  • I can spend more time with family, catch up on work, or dive into my favorite hobby.
  • I won't have to worry about when I can smoke next or where I can or can't smoke.
  • My food will taste better.
  • My clothes will smell better.
  • My car‚ home‚ and kids won't smell like smoke.
  • I will be able to smell food, flowers, and other things better. 

I want a better family life

  • I will set a great example for my kids; it takes a lot of strength to quit.
  • My friends, family, co-workers, and other loved ones will be proud of me.
  • I will protect my friends and family from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
  • My children will be healthier.
  • I will have more energy to do the things I love with friends and family. I will get healthy to make sure I am around to share in my family's special moments.

For more details visit:

10 health benefits of stopping smoking

Smokefree 2020

Smokers are 3 times more likely to succeed at becoming smokefree if they talk with a specialist stop smoking adviser. Quit4you are advising that all smokers have at least one annual quit attempt to go smokefree. If you want to meet with an adviser to discuss getting the best out of your 2020 quit attempt we will be happy to hear from you.


Vaping and e-cigarettes can be a particularly helpful way to stop smoking tobacco especially when combined with a specialist face to face support.  Although experts say they are not entirely risk free, they are at least 95% less harmful than tobacco. 

The latest independent e-cigarette review, authored by leading academics in the tobacco control field, focuses on the up-to-date facts about vaping among adults and young people in England. 

Despite the sometimes confused, and confusing, media reporting around the safety of e-cigarettes, there is growing consensus around the evidence. While not without some risk, when compared to smoking cigarettes are far less harmful. 

This view is supported by a number of key bodies, including Cancer Research UK, Action on Smoking and Health, the Royal College of Physicians, the British Medical Association and recently, a major US science body, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 

Anyone who is considering using or who has already switched to vaping as a way to stop smoking is welcome to have a chat with one of our specialist advisers to see how we can support you.

A new post, 'Vaping and lung disease in the US: PHE’s advice' has just been published on the Public health matters blog.

Since mid-September, headlines around the world have warned about an outbreak of serious lung disease across the US, said to be associated with vaping. Read this blog to find out about PHE’s advice on e-cigarettes and vaping.

Vaping Myths

Myth - E-cigarettes aren’t regulated and we don’t know what’s in them

The UK has some of the strictest regulation for e-cigarettes in the world.  Under the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016, e-cigarette products are subject to minimum standards of quality and safety, as well as packaging and labelling requirements to provide consumers with the information they need to make informed choices.

All products must be notified by manufacturers to the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), with detailed information including the listing of all ingredients. 

MYTH - E-cigarettes must be harmful as they contain nicotine

Four out of 10 smokers and ex-smokers wrongly think nicotine causes most of the tobacco smoking-related cancer, when evidence shows nicotine actually carries minimal risk of harm to health. Although nicotine is the reason people become addicted to smoking, it is the thousands of other chemicals contained in cigarette smoke that causes almost all of the harm.

E-cigarette vapour does not contain tar or carbon monoxide, two of the most harmful elements in tobacco smoke.  It does contain some chemicals also found in tobacco smoke, but at much lower levels. 

MYTH - E-cigarettes give you ‘popcorn lung’

One of the most commonly held concerns is that e-cigarettes might cause ‘popcorn lung’. This came about because some flavourings used in e-liquids to provide a buttery flavour contain the chemical diacetyl, which at very high levels of exposure has been associated with the serious lung disease bronchiolitis obliterans.

The condition gained its popular name because it was initially observed among workers in a popcorn factory.


diacetyl is banned as an ingredient from e-cigarettes and e-liquids in the UK. It had been detected in some e-liquid flavourings in the past, but at levels hundreds of times lower than in cigarette smoke. Even at these levels, smoking is not a major risk factor for this rare disease. 

MYTH - Exposure to e-cigarette vapour is harmful to bystanders

The evidence is clear that exposure to second hand smoke is harmful, which is why the UK has laws prohibiting smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces. These laws do not cover vaping and organisations are free to make their own policies on the use of e-cigarettes on their premises.

E-cigarette liquid is typically composed of nicotine, propylene glycol and/or glycerine, and flavourings.

Unlike cigarettes, there is no side-stream vapour emitted by an e-cigarette into the atmosphere, just the exhaled aerosol.

PHE’s 2018 evidence review found that

To date, there have been no identified health risks of passive vaping to the health of bystanders. People with asthma and other respiratory conditions can be sensitive to a range of environmental irritants, as well as pollen and cold air and PHE advises organisations to take this into account and to make adjustments where appropriate, when making their own policies on the use of e-cigarettes. 

MYTH - E-cigarettes will lead young people into smoking

Our latest report found no evidence so far to support the concern that e-cigarettes are a route into smoking among young people.

UK surveys show that young people are experimenting with e-cigarettes, but regular use is rare and confined almost entirely to those who already smoke. Meanwhile, smoking rates among young people in the UK continue to decline.

There is also no evidence to support the assertion that vaping is “normalising smoking”.

In the years when adult and youth vaping in the UK were increasing, the numbers of young people believing that it was ‘not ok’ to smoke was accelerating. Of course, PHE will continue to monitor the trends in e-cigarette use alongside those in smoking.


As a smoker it can be difficult to quit smoking if you feel you have no choice. Sometimes we have to reduce or stop smoking unexpectedly due to hospital stays, for example, and it may be that we do not feel ready to quit. The Quit4aBit programme is designed to help and support you through this time. Contact us for more information on temporary smokefree solutions.

Smoking in Pregnancy

If you are a smoker and are pregnant or planning to be pregnant in the near future then stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do to look after your health and that of your unborn baby. Specialist Stop Smoking Advisers are available to provide you with loads of information about how to quit smoking as soon as possible to give your baby the best start in life. Your health professional will refer you to our service however if you want to be seen sooner please contact us for a free consultation.

Early days Smoke free family

If your family has just grown a little person bigger and you want to quit smoking but it seems impossible right now then we totally understand where you are coming from.

Trying to quit smoking is hard enough but when you feel like those 5 minute breaks are all that keep you going; it’s even harder. We know where you’re coming from and so Quit4You advisers are ready to provide lots of really useful information about stopping smoking. Contact us to arrange a tea and chatter about how we can support you and your family to become smokefree.

Smoke free family

If members of your family smoke then chances are you are all being affected by second hand smoke which has been proven to be harmful to health. The Quit4You team are available to offer free professional advice on how to become a smokefree family, contact us to arrange a free consultation today.

Confidentiality and Consent

Clients registering with the Quit4you service register their contact information for the purpose of receiving advice on smoking cessation. As part of your initial assessment and Quit Plan you may be offered Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), in order to receive this prescribed medication we will require your consent to share this prescribed medication with your registered GP Practice, to add to your patient record.

Any information provided by and about you is processed by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Quit4You Smoking Cessation Service. Statistical information reported to Public Health Directorate, Cabinet Office is anonymised. Information will only be shared without consent if there is an express lawful basis for doing so.

The Quit4You service will only process your personal information on a consent basis. You may withdraw your consent at any time by emailing

For more details on how the Department of Health and Social Care uses and protects your personal information view the DHSC Privacy Notice.

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