5 Tips for People Who Want to Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking has a range of financial, health and social benefits. It can range from nearly impossible to easy. Some people wake up one day and decide they don’t want to smoke anymore and that’s the end of it. These people are few and far between. The rest of us need a little help.

Set a Date and Think Positive

Having a plan in place before the date about what to do to relieve cravings as well as knowing when the craving is most likely to strike leaves you prepared. Nicotine cravings can last up to five minutes. Identifying the times you’re most likely to smoke by keeping a pre-quit diary not only helps you anticipate the craving and come with a plan to tackle it, but it puts you in the mind-set to quit for good this time. 

Get support.

Friends and family can encourage you to quit and offer distraction during cravings. Former smokers have their own experience and advice to offer, but this may not be right for you, as everyone is different. If anything, they can lend a sympathetic ear. Stop smoking services are available, ask your doctor or pharmacist for information. 

Make a list of reasons to quit. 

It could be your bank balance, and smoking is an expensive habit to maintain. It could be your children. Children nag smoking family members. They are annoying about it, but they do it because they love you and care about your health. Health reasons, your own, other people’s or even your pets are a significant reason to quit. Second-hand smoke doesn’t just hurt other people and leave them at risk of the same health problems as smokers, but it harms pets too in the same ways. Some people may even want to be gory about it and cut out pictures of a smoker’s lungs for their pre-quit diary. Lung cancer, throat cancer, emphysema, heart disease, high blood pressure and sexual dysfunctions are just a few of the health problems experienced by smokers. There are many more reasons to quit, and each person will have different priorities. List them in your pre-quit diary. 

NRT

Nicotine Replacement Therapy or NRT makes it easier to quit now than ever before. NRT can even be taken in the cinema, so you don’t have to sit through a two-hour film gagging for a smoke. These days, there’s more than patches and gum on the market available without a prescription. If that fails, prescription-only Champix tablets can relieve the withdrawal symptoms. Stop smoking with a range of products available from Click Pharmacy.  

Vape. 

If all else fails, you can vape, although not in the cinema or on public transport. Electronic cigarettes have come a long way in the last few years. They don’t smell as bad as traditional cigarettes, come in many different flavours, cost less, and you can gradually reduce the nicotine strength in the fluid. Vaping at zero percent nicotine is ideal for people who can lose the cravings but not the habit. 

Make a list of reasons to quit. 

It could be your bank balance, and smoking is an expensive habit to maintain. It could be your children. Children nag smoking family members. They are annoying about it, but they do it because they love you and care about your health. Health reasons, your own, other people’s or even your pets are a significant reason to quit. Second-hand smoke doesn’t just hurt other people and leave them at risk of the same health problems as smokers, but it harms pets too in the same ways. Some people may even want to be gory about it and cut out pictures of a smoker’s lungs for their pre-quit diary. Lung cancer, throat cancer, emphysema, heart disease, skin damage, high blood pressure and sexual dysfunctions are just a few of the health problems experienced by smokers. There are many more reasons to quit, and each person will have different priorities. List them in your pre-quit diary. 

 

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