Now is a good time to decide to stop smoking. Cigarettes have over 4000 chemicals in them, about 60 of which cause cancer. The only chemical in cigarettes that is addictive is nicotine, so all you have to do to successfull stop smoking is replace the nicotine from cigarettes for a few weeks. Once the habit of smoking is dealt with then you can deal with nicotine withdrawal.
However, of course it is not as easy as that is it? Smokers make lots of excuses as to why they cannot stop smoking:
- The damage is already done – but as soona s you stop smoking your body will start to repair itself
- I’ll gain weight – if you make sure you don’t replace cigarettes with sweets, etc you wont
- I’ll get stressed – nicotine doesn’t calm you down. It is addictive so its when you crave another cigarette that you get stressed
- Its not the right time – it is always the right time to stop smoking, though special days such as New Year, a birthday or anniversary or No Smoking Day (March 11th in 2015 with the theme ‘Proud To Be A Quitter’) can be helpful milestones.
- Quitting will ruin my social life – since 2007 it has been illegal to smoke in public places so it should not affect your social life, and 80% of people don’t smoke
- Smoking looks good – many youngsters think smoking makes them look older, but yellow finger nails, blackened teeth and wrinkly skin are not attractive
- I’m addicted – that is true but with a lot of determination you can do it by using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and help from a smoking counsellor
10 tips To Help You Stop Smoking
- Think positive – keep telling yourself you are going to stop smoking
- Make a plan – make a promise, set a date and stick to it
- Change your drink – reserach found that fizzy drinks, alcohol, cola, tea and coffee all make cigarettes taste better
- Change your diet – The research shows some foods like meat make cigarettes taste better, so try a veggie burger instead
- Identify when you crave cigarettes – cravings last 5 minutes, so before you stop smoking make a list of 5 minute strategies like dancing at a party or making the drinks at work
- Get some support – get family and friends to help and find your local NHS quitting support group
- Get moving – exercise (even a 5 minute walk or stretch) has been shown to cut cravings and help your brain to produce anti-craving chemicals
- Make non-smoking friends – stick with non-smokers at parties
- Keep your hands and mouth busy – nicotine replacement therapy can make you twice as likely to succeed and if you like holding a cigarette use an inhalator or drink using a straw to keep your hands and mouth busy
- Make a list of reasons to quit – and keep reminding yourself why you want to stop smoking
What Should I Do Next?
Decide to join the thousands of smokers who decide to stop smoking every year by setting a date and telling your family and friends about it, because you will feel more committed which means you are more likely to succeed. Close friends and family are also more likely to be supportive. Find out about local help that is available and call into your local Newline Pharmacy branch and ask to speak to the pharmacist for advice and help.
Then make a list of why you want to give up, sort out your 5 minute strategies to overcome the cravings and throw away all of your smoking equipment. That way you will be less tempted to start again.
You should also put away the money that you save – smoking 20 cigarettes a day at a cost of £6.00 a packet means you will save £2190 a year – so you can reward yourself at regular intervals for your decision to stop smoking. Then imagine what you could do with the annual savings!
- When was No Smoking Day in 2015?
- What was the theme?
- Name 3 excuses smokers use to not stop smoking
- Name 3 tips to help you stop
- How many chemicals are there in a cigarette?
- How much money will you save in a year if stop smoking 20 cigarettes a day?
- Why should you tell certain people you are going to stop smoking?
- By how much does nicotine replacement therapy increase your likelihood of quitting?
- Which drinks make cigarettes taste better?
- Which chemical in cigarettes is addictive?
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- 11th March 2015
- Proud to be a quitter
- Damage is done, weight gain, stress, not the right time, ruin your social life, smoking looks good, addiction
- Think positive, make a plan, change your diet/drink, get support, get moving, keep your hands/mouth busy, make non-smoking friends, make a list of reasons to stop smoking
- Based on a price of £6.00 for 20, a staggering £2190
- You become more committed to stop smoking
- It doubles your chances to stop smoking successfully
- Fizzy drinks, alcohol, cola, tea and coffee