It is never too late to quit and now is the time. You may have tried before, and maybe you didn’t succeed, but don’t give up! According to recent research you are three times more likely to stop smoking if you get help.
Even brief advice increases quit rates, for example, even a 3-minute conversation with your doctor can be the motivation to successfully quit.
There are so many reasons to quit smoking: the damage to your own health, the damage of passive smoking on other people, children and animals, the financial cost and the cost on your sex life. Here are some ways to quit:
Everyone Health provides advice, support and encouragement to help you stop smoking. If you are over 12 years old, live, work or study in Redbridge or pregnant you could be eligible for 6 weeks of sessions with one of our dedicated stop smoking practitioners. We’ll also be able to advise on and prescribe the best nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products, including chewing gum, nasal sprays and patches for you to help manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms. For further information call 333 005 0095 or visit the website.
“I have learned the importance of never smoking again. That it is never too late to give up!” Alan
Change your food and drink
According to the NHS website some foods can make cigarettes more satisfying (meat), whereas, some can make cigarettes taste terrible (cheese, fruit and vegetables).
The same goes for drinks. Fizzy drinks, alcohol, tea and coffee make cigarettes taste better.
Quit with friends
If you can, convince a friend or a family member to quit with you. Be each other’s motivation.
Even short periods of physical activity, especially aerobic exercise, reduce the urge to smoke.
Note: Aerobic exercise is cardio and includes any exercise that will get your breathing and heart rate to increase, for example: brisk walking, swimming, running, or cycling.
Remember you can do this
It is always hard quitting a habit, but it is important to know, even if you have tried to quit in the past and weren’t successful, you can quit smoking. We are here to help.
Don’t be too hard on yourself
There will be days where you struggle. If you do give in and have a cigarette, it is important to not just give up. One small slip isn’t the end of all of your hard work. Keep trying to quit.
The NHS provides links to online support, all you need to do is click.
No more butts, it’s time to quit. Take the online assessment or call: 0333 005 0095.