It’s Stoptober! Quit Smoking Now!

Did you know that if you can stop smoking for 28 days, you’re five times more likely to stay smokefree? And with this in mind, the NHS has launched a campaign to help smokers quit for one whole month in October. If you visit their smoke free website here, you’ll find tons of hints and advice to help you every step of the way during Stoptober with lots of free support. For example, visit smokefree.nhs.uk if you want to take the addiction test, or to calculate the cost of smoking over a year.  Signing up for this new Stoptober app is a great way to get support, but you can also choose to get extra support by selecting the other options. There are lots of ways in which you can get help to give up smoking; have a read below to see which one would benefit you:

Free Local NHS Stop Smoking Support

When you join you’ll be working with a trained adviser; either in a group or one-to-one. The sessions usually start a couple of weeks before you quit. Your adviser will be able to tell you about nicotine replacement products and other stop smoking medicines, and recommend which product or combination of products could work for you. A carbon monoxide monitor is used to measure your levels of carbon monoxide. This is a great motivational tool because it helps you to see the benefits of giving up smoking. Many people find that sharing the experience with others is really helpful in itself. If you think local support could help you then visit smokefree.nhs.uk to find a group in your local area.

Support at Home: Smokefree Together Programme

If you have a busy lifestyle then the Smokefree Together Programme may be perfect for you. It means you have the right support at your fingertips, exactly when you need it. What you should do is first set your stop date. Research shows that the more prepared you are, the more likely you are to succeed. The first thing to do is to choose a stress-free day to stop a few weeks from now. This gives you a day to aim for and time to prepare. Well ahead of your stop date, just before it and after it, the Smokefree Together people will be in touch with help, advice and encouragement. After three months, they’ll offer you advice on how to stay quit. The Smokefree Together Programme is totally free and you can choose how you’d like to be contacted. You can get mail packs containing vital information, tips and encouragement to help you along the way, text alerts at crucial times will keep you motivated, or emails filled with advice and support.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

There are plenty of Nicotine Replacement Therapy products out there and they can give you the extra support you need to beat the addiction. In fact, like the other licensed stop smoking medicines, used in combination with your local Stop Smoking Service you’re four times more likely to stay quit. Nicotine replacements can include gum, patches, microtabs, lozenges, inhalators, nasal spray, zyban and champix. All of them are available from the NHS with a prescription, and Nicotine Replacement Therapy can also be bought from pharmacies without a prescription and other shops (such as supermarkets). Cigarettes contain nicotine. By smoking regularly and over a long period of time, your body becomes dependent on nicotine. Giving up smoking can cause nicotine withdrawal symptoms, which include cravings, headaches, feeling irritable and not being able to sleep. Stop smoking medicines can help you manage these withdrawal symptoms. All are effective treatments to help you stop smoking, but you may find one suits you more than another.Quit Kit

The Quit Kit is a box of practical tools and advice developed with experts, smokers and ex-smokers, which has helped thousands of smokers quit successfully. To order a Quit Kit visit smokefree.nhs.uk.

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