WHO WE ARE AND WHY WE'RE HERE
National Stop Smoking Centres was established in 1991 to provide the public in the UK with stop-smoking therapy that the NHS is able to offer. We are part of The Doctor Richard Mackarness Foundation, which also provides services for people with an alcohol problem.
WE DON'T DO DRUGS
The National Health Service, because of its contractual relationships with the pharmaceutical industry, is able only to offer smokers drug products – nicotine and
psychotropic drugs (Zyban/ Champix) – not therapy. All the research shows that giving more nicotine for stopping smoking is not the solution, and putting smokers on moodaltering drugs is even less helpful.
WE DON'T TELL SMOKERS TO STOP
We are here to help you, not to lecture you. We are also the only organisation in the UK that actively promotes smoking reduction as a valid life choice and alternative to stopping. We recognise that for those smokers who won't or can't stop it is no longer about whether they smoke but about how much they smoke. We are here to help smokers, not to tell them what to do.
Although we receive no funding from the state (and of course we would not accept money from a drug company), we continue to do groundbreaking work to help smokers. Our ongoing research programme, growing the NSSC Knowledge Base, developing skills for therapists, publishing books and providing the best therapies for smokers - all of this has been recognised as a unique and invaluable resource for smokers in the UK and beyond.