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What Help Can You Get To Give Up Smoking?

We all know that smoking is bad for our health and for those around us who are subjected to the toxins, but sometimes it is an event or specific motivation that causes us to make the decision to stop smoking. We no longer have to go cold turkey and use willpower alone and there is more help now available on the NHS to give up smoking than ever before.

Have a goal

Having a reason to quit and a goal in mind is great motivation. It may be that you or your partner are expecting a baby, you are going on holiday and want to be a non smoker or just because you want to improve your health and life expectancy. Making the decision to stop is the first and most important step. Once you have made the decision you need help to quit smoking for good. You can speak to a stop smoking advisor who can offer face to face support and people that use this service are four times more like to succeed than those who don’t.

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Smoking medication

Your doctor can prescribe stop smoking medication and there are numerous patches, gums and sprays on the market to provide additional support when those cravings kick in. Medication such as Zyban and Champix can be prescribed by your doctor. Zyban alters how your body responds to nicotine, you start taking it a couple of weeks before you quit and then throughout to help with cravings. Champix helps control your cravings and controls the effect a cigarette has on you if you do have one. You start the course a couple of weeks before you quit and in total the treatment will last around 12 weeks.

The patches, gums and sprays work by introducing a small amount of nicotine into your body helping to curb the cravings you’re experiencing. The nicotine that is put into your system doesn’t contain the tar, toxins or carbon monoxide that cigarettes have and are less addictive. Nicotine replacement therapy is suitable for most people, although if you have a heart or circulatory condition or take regular medication, you should consult your doctor. Nicotine replacement is usually fine for pregnant women to use and is certainly less harmful to their unborn child than smoking, but do consult your doctor or midwife first so they can assess your health first. Using some form of stop smoking medication can double the chances of you quitting successfully, so look into what methods suit you and seek help or guidance where necessary.

“Quit kits”

You can now order ‘quit kits’ online that are packed full of information and advice of stopping smoking. It is written by health professionals, smokers and ex-smokers and has some great tools in helping you stop. If you would rather speak to someone, call the NHS stop smoking helpline on 0800 022 4 322 where they can offer support and guidance.

In today’s society, it is very rare that we are ever apart from our mobile phones for very long so the NHS have introduced a great service where by you receive regular motivational text messages or emails, so when you might be having any moments of doubt or on the verge of lighting up, regular encouraging correspondence can help keep you on the right track and remember why you want to quit in the first place. Your health and that of your family will benefit by every cigarette you don’t smoke, so make the most of the help available and ensure you quit and stay a non smoker for good.





About Rebecca Robinson

About Rebecca Robinson

After spending the last 8 years juggling life as a mum of two, wife and working full time as a Project Manager for a global telecommunications company, Rebecca Robinson made the decision to follow her love of writing and took the plunge; turning her passion into a full time career. Since becoming a full time writer, Rebecca has worked with various media and copy-writing companies and with the ability to make any topic relevant and interesting to the reader, now contributes to The Working Parent on articles ranging from credit cards to teenage relationships. Ever the optimist, Rebecca's dreams for the future include a house in the country filled with children, dogs and horses in the field!

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