If you’re looking to give up smoking for National No Smoking Day, here are some top tips from pharmacists across the country:
10 tips to kick the habit:
Get a jar and each day put in the money you save from not buying cigarettes. A 20-a-day smoker will spend £2,900 per year on cigarettes. Either save it up or treat yourself to something nice at the end of the week (but not a pack of cigarettes!)
Keep pharmacy appointments even if you have lapsed and had a cigarette. If you can’t make your appointment, the team is only on the other end of the phone and can still offer you help and advice.
Take up a new hobby or exercise regime so you don’t have time to think about smoking and so you look forward to something else. Exercise has been proven to reduce cravings.
As soon as you decide to quit, get rid of all your cigarettes, ashtrays, lighters and anything else associated with smoking.
Redecorate any rooms which you used to smoke in and you will think twice about smoking there again.
Have an emergency plan: at some point you will be in a situation where you will need a cigarette; have a plan for what you can do instead of buying or borrowing one. Keep some NRT inhalators at hand or some lozenges or whatever works as a distraction to calm you down until the emergency passes!
List the places and activities where you used to smoke and avoid these.
When out with friends, try to stick with people who do not smoke; especially in the beginning.
Make a list of the reasons why you want to stop smoking. Hang up your list or place it somewhere prominent so you see it regularly to remind yourself!
Get some help. Go and see your local pharmacy. They can give you one to one support. Most pharmacies take part in an NHS stop smoking scheme where you can get all NRT products free.
You can also get support and advice to quit smoking from the National No Smoking Day website here.
Did you know
Community pharmacies now provide rapid access, without an appointment, to a health professional for 150,000 more hours every week than ten years ago.