Quitting smoking can be a challenge, but where there’s a will, there’s always a way. With the right support and guidance, you can confidently reach your stop smoking goals.
During our recent Stoptober campaign on Facebook, Dr Kieran shared daily tips and advice to help those trying to stop smoking, quit for good.
However, it doesn’t have to be Stoptober – deciding to quit can happen at any time… even now.
If you’re a smoker who would like to quit for good, then read on for our handy guide, where we discuss the why and the how.
Why should I quit smoking for good?
1.People often think smoking reduces stress levels. Studies show people’s stress levels are lower after they stop smoking.
2. Did you know that quitting smoking may lead to better sex? Men who stop smoking may get better erections and women may find their orgasms improve.
3.Quitting smoking improves your skin. By stopping, facial ageing will slow down and appearance of wrinkles will delay.
4.Smoking stains your teeth. By quitting, you will be on the way to whiter, brighter teeth and fresher breath.
5.Quitting smoking will help you to live longer! Half of long term smokers die from smoking related disease like heart disease, lung cancer and lung disease.
6.Stopping smoking can help improve fertility. Quitting smoking improves the lining of the womb and the quality of sperm.
7.Quitting smoking reduces the risk of breast cancer – smoking is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in younger pre-menopausal women.
How do I quit smoking for good?
8.Start thinking about when you are smoking and why. If you keep a diary, you will be able to identify any places, moments or even people that trigger you wanting to smoke.
9.Start an exercise regime – exercise distracts you from thoughts of smoking. A few studies have shown that some aerobic exercise reduces the urge to smoke.
10.Write down why you are quitting – it helps! Put your list up on your bedroom door so you get a regular reminder of all the positive reasons why you are quitting.
11.Go to places you know you can’t smoke – by visiting these places, you are restricted from lighting up that cigarette.
12.Keep yourself distracted at work – stressful times at work can make you want to start smoking again – instead invest in a squeeze ball, watch a funny video or practice some deep breathing exercises.
13.Put the money you are saving away. Perhaps use a jar or money tin to keep all the money you are saving from not smoking. If you used to smoke 20 cigarettes a day, you would have saved yourself up to £140 already!
Are you ready to quit smoking for good?
Quitters who make it to four weeks smoke-free are five times more likely to stay smoke-free for good.
A stop smoking treatment can increase your chances of quitting smoking.
For additional support take our free stop smoking assessment.