If you’re reading this, you’re likely to be thinking about stopping smoking or cutting down on the amount that you smoke.
It is never too late to quit. Stopping at any age will increase your life expectancy, provided that you stop before you develop cancer or another serious disease.
Thinking about the reasons to quit is a brilliant way to motivate yourself when stopping smoking.
- Smoking causes horrible damage to your body and those people around you. As soon as you stop smoking you will start to feel the health benefits after 20 minutes and after 10 years your risk of a heart attack will fall to that of a non-smoker.
- Besides the health risks, it could be costing you more than you realise! Buying a couple of packs of cigarettes a week might not seem like much but over a year can easily add up to over £1,000.
- You may also be thinking about stopping smoking for the health of your family, if you are pregnant or if you are trying for a baby. Whatever your situation there is always a good reason to stop smoking.
Top tips to help you stop smoking:
If you want to stop smoking, you can make small changes to your lifestyle that may help you resist the urge to light up:
- Think positive and make a plan to quit smoking
- Make a list of personal reasons to quit – it could be for the benefit of your friends and family as well as yourself
- Identify when you crave cigarettes and
- Consider what you’re eating and drinking – are there certain things that make you more tempted to light up?
- Talk to your friends and family about your plans – they may want to quit too!
- Get moving and head out for a walk – exercise is proven to cut cravings.
There are many aids available to help you quit smoking; some of these include the nicotine patch, nicotine chewing gum and nasal/mouth sprays. Another way which is increasingly popular is e-cigarettes; however these aren’t recognised as a medically licenced quitting aid and are not available on prescription.
Local help and support
Quitting can be hard but you’re four times more likely to quit successfully with the free NHS specialist support available in Doncaster.
- Website: https://doncaster.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk
- Telephone: 0800 612 0011 (free from landlines) or 0330 660 1166 (free from most mobiles)