If you don’t believe you can stop completely, or you’re not sure you want to, now there is an alternative to stopping.

The Mackarness Method gives you instant, complete and permanent control of how many cigarettes you smoke.

First there was smoking

Then there was vaping


Now, there is

microsmoking uses no nicotine. Instead you use drops of a nicotine analogue that send a message to your receptors to fool them into thinking they are seeing nicotine, because the analogue has an almost identical molecular structure to the real thing.

Every time you get the urge to smoke, just take a microsmoke drop instead and the desire will vanish. If you want to smoke a cigarette, light up. If you decide not to, microsmoke.

microsmoking will give you all the satisfaction of smoking, but without actually smoking (or vaping), and unlike smoking or vaping the drops contain nothing unpleasant or harmful.

Now, you are controlling smoking, smoking is not controlling you.

microsmoking will help you to:

Limit the health harms of smoking

Refrain from smoking in pregnancy

Easily have a smoke-free day / week / month

Avoid smoking prior to a general anaesthetic for surgery

Enjoy an evening with non-smoking friends or family

Enjoy a holiday with non-smoking friends or family

Enjoy a stress-free long-haul flight

Avoid smoking during long meetings


Save a lot of money

And of course, microsmoking will help you:

to feel what it is like to control your smoking. This inevitably is going to make it much easier to actually stop smoking when you are ready, either on your own or in combination with hypnotherapy or acupuncture (but not a nicotine replacement product). For example, enjoying regular smoke-free days will help you to break the habit of lighting cigarettes, and microsmoking can be used to learn not to respond to the usual triggers for lighting up.

“I had got into a bad habit of chain smoking when I was working on a new book, and I could get through sixty a day. I actually thought I couldn’t concentrate without a cigarette in my mouth. Microsmoking taught me that just wasn’t true, and my latest book was written in fact without smoking at all while in front of the computer.”

Author, London



Your microsmoking drops contain molecules extracted from tobacco, in a very specific titration measured against your addiction to nicotine. Nothing else is added, which makes this completely safe and without any possible side effects. The base is pure water, with no preservatives or other additives.

The drops are NOT a drug and they are NOT addictive.

What the late Lord Ennals, former Secretary of State for Health, wrote about our work:

“Since 1990, the Foundation has been making a growing contribution to the health of the nation. The work done by Dr Richard Mackarness will one day be recognised as a major medical breakthrough.”



The cost is £240, and this includes your clinic appointment, at which one of our nurses will test you to prescribe your personally-tailored microsmoking drops, a dropper bottle and enough spare bottles to last you quite a long time (we are necessarily vague about how long this is because we cannot know how often you will use it).

If you need more microsmoking drops in the first year, a single supply will be sent to you free of charge. After that, there is a charge of £40, and this will be available for four further years.



To book an appointment, please call our national number

0115 888 0808

So why do we call it microsmoking if it doesn’t actually involve smoking? Well, because it turns you into a light smoker, or even a social smoker, or even ….. a microsmoker !!


The method was developed more than 40 years ago by the late Dr Richard Mackarness, a Consultant at Basingstoke District General Hospital, and the State of Victoria Health Commission in Melbourne.

In 1991 we introduced it for smoking cessation, and treated thousands of smokers successfully. We provided clinics for many corporate clients too, including The Ford Motor Company, The National Grid, Du Pont, and a number of local councils.

However, the pharmaceutical companies were at that time launching the first nicotine replacement products, and the method was seen as a threat to their profits from smoking cessation, so they used their overwhelming financial superiority to stop our small, not-for-profit Foundation running our clinics. We cannot afford to provoke them if we offer it for smoking cessation, so we do not do that. 

In any case, we believe giving people the freedom to control their smoking is actually more important than telling them either they smoke or they don’t, which is the NHS’s policy.

The drug companies can’t do what we do, so now we are not competing with their products. Naturally, if you decide, once you experience the control microsmoking gives you, to use it to stop smoking, that is your choice, but we will not say it is a smoking cessation method.

You can read about Dr Mac on Wikipedia here or his obituary here.