Stop smoking tips
Stopping smoking is not easy. Do persevere, as you are soon likely to feel a lot better and healthier for giving up. Don’t despair if you have tried to stop before. People who keep trying to stop smoking often succeed.
- Write a list of all the reasons why you want to stop, and keep them with you. Refer to them when you are tempted to light up.
- Set a date for stopping, and stop completely. Statistically this works better than cutting down.
- Tell everyone. Friends and family often give support and may help you.
- Get rid of ashtrays, lighters and all cigarettes.
- Be prepared for some withdrawal symptoms. When you stop smoking, you are likely to get symptoms which may include: nausea (feeling sick), headaches, anxiety, irritability, craving, and just feel awful. These symptoms are caused by the lack of nicotine that your body has been used to. They tend to peak after 12-24 hours, and then gradually ease over 2-4 weeks. Be patient!
- Be aware of situations in which you are most likely to want to smoke. Try changing your routine for the first few weeks.
- Take one day at a time.
- Be positive. Tell people you don’t smoke. You will smell better, food will taste better and you will have more money.
- Food. Some people worry about gaining weight when they give up smoking. You may well feel more hungry – prepare some fruit/vegetable snacks rather than fatty or sweet ones.
- Don’t despair if you fail and have a cigarette. You don’t have to start smoking again. Pick yourself up and try again.
- Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) can help if withdrawal symptoms are troublesome. Nicotine gum, sprays, patches, tablets, lozenges and inhalers are available. Using one of these roughly doubles your chances of stopping smoking if you really want to stop. A pharmacist, GP, Practice Nurse or our in-house smoking advisor can advise about NRT. Please ask at reception for further details.
- Smoking Cessation Clinics We have in-house smoking cessation advisors who can help you. Please ask at reception.