There is no better time than now to stop smoking - we are here to support you every step of the way. With this support, people are 4x more likely to stop smoking!
We have helped thousands of people to stop smoking. If you want to chat through cutting down or stopping smoking, contact us now.
Smoking impacts your health in the long term and is related to heart disease, cancer and strokes. Day to day, your smoking can make you feel breathless, less tired and also impact things like your blood pressure.
The benefits of stopping can be felt immediately – in just 20 minutes, your blood pressure and pulse return to normal. After 24 hours, your lungs start to clear of mucus, and in 48 hours your taste and smell improves and nicotine is removed from your body - that’s just the beginning!
How can we help?
We can support you with twelve weeks worth of NRT (nicotine replacement therapy), which is free if you do not pay for your prescriptions and under £30 if you do the pre-payment scheme.
Click here to find local GP and Pharmacies that can help.
Managing your cravings
Cravings happen because your body is missing the nicotine that it’s used to, BUT they CAN be managed and we will support you every step of the way.
There are two types of craving:
- The steady and constant background cravings for a cigarette.
- The out of the blue craving where you suddenly feel the need to smoke. This tends to happen after having a few drinks, feeling very happy or sad, having an argument, feeling stressed or even having a cup of coffee.
Cravings get less frequent as you get further into your quit journey. But sometimes the intensity can remain strong even after many months of quitting, which is why they can cause people to fall off the wagon. Our coaches are on hand to support you to get through any struggles you come across.
Shisha – NOT safer than smoking cigarettes.
Shisha, also known as 'hookah', 'narghile' or 'hubble bubble' is a fruit scented tobacco often smoked through a water pipe. It is traditionally seen as a cultural or social activity and is often smoked in a circle with friends and/or family after a meal.
The bubbling water does not filter out all the toxins; the fruity smoke contains cancer-causing chemicals, which can lead to a nicotine addiction and can cause serious harm to your health.
Here are some tips on how you can manage your cravings:
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) can really help. For example, some people use a slow release patch to help reduce the background craving and then a fast acting one for when you feel that sudden need to smoke. You can get more advice on this if you call our team on 0800 122 3780.
Out of sight, out of mind
Don’t have cigarettes in your house, car, bags or anywhere where you can easily get hold of them.
Once you quit, clean the house
Get the air fresheners out and try and get rid of any smell of smoke. Start to enjoy how smoke-free air smells.
Everybody has their reasons for quitting...
Everybody has their reasons for quitting; put these reminders around your house of why you want to quit – it might be pictures of your kids, to feel great etc. You could even put the money you would be spending on cigarettes in a jar and see how much you save in a week/month etc.
Get support from those around you and use them when you feel the need to smoke. Choose people who will help you stay strong and who will be there when you need them.
Change your routine
Cravings can be linked to routine, for example smoking after a meal or coffee. You will need to keep yourself busy to take your mind off these routine-linked cravings. You could do some housework, read a book or do some exercise.
Keep your hands and your mouth busy
If you like holding a cigarette, there are handheld products like the inhalator that you can use. Likewise, you may find that chewing gum helps to keep your mouth busy.
Celebrate every craving that you resist
Celebrate every craving that you resist - each one is another step closer to you being and staying a non-smoker and to being healthier.