Smoking is of course bad for your health, there’s no denying that. Research has closely linked it with various cancers and other health conditions. Plus it’s highly addictive, expensive, and to make matters worse manufacturing cigarettes is bad for the environment too. All of that paper (which is burned so can never be recycled) uses a whole lot of trees, as well as space and resources! There really are so many reasons to quit. If you’re serious about kicking the habit for good, here’s some advice to bear in mind.
Visit Your GP or a Stop Smoking Clinic---
Most doctors will be more than happy to assist you in your quitting smoking journey. Many GP’s surgeries even run special ‘quit smoking’ clinics. Here nurses will be able to provide you with the advice and information you need, making you much more likely to eventually quit. If you’ve been smoking for years and feel like there’s no chance you’ll be able to go it alone, this is a fantastic place to start.
Try Over The Counter Nicotine Replacement Products--
Gum, lozenges, nasal sprays, and patches are all products you can buy from any pharmacy. These contain small amounts of nicotine which can make the process of withdrawing easier. They can be especially useful in the early days where cravings are very strong, and you’re not sure if you can do it on just willpower alone.
Switch to Vaping First--
Vaping has come under some scrutiny since becoming popular. For example some have argued that it could be a ‘gateway’ to smoking especially for younger and more impressionable people. However that doesn’t seem to be the case, and vaping tends to be most used by ex-smokers as a healthier alternative or as a means to quit smoking altogether. Research by Public Health, England show that vaping is 95% less harmful than regular cigarettes, and can help make the transition from smoking cigarettes to quitting easier. You can gradually reduce the nicotine amount until you feel confident enough to quit completely. If you’re still unsure, you could visit a Vape help centre for more information. Alternatively, you could cut down your cigarette use gradually to wean yourself off the nicotine, to a point where you can go the final stretch cold turkey.
Consider Hypnotism and Meditation--
Both hypnosis and meditation have been shown to be very effective in some people. These focus on the mind rather than the body, and can help you to get control of nicotine cravings. You do have to be open-minded with this and be willing to let it work, if you’re very against the idea, then it probably won’t do you much good. But learning to focus your mind and retrain your thoughts can massively help and give you the motivation to see it through to the end and quit for good.
Plan Something Nice For When You Quit--
Having a reward to focus on once you quit can make it all seem worth it when you’re having a hard time. Smoking is expensive, if you put the money you would have spent into a jar then after a month you should have a good chunk of cash. You could reward yourself and spend this on whatever you want as a treat for doing so well.