‘No Tobacco Day’ took place recently and although it can be a difficult task to quit, I want to make people aware of a number of helpful tips and provisions to help stop smoking.
Alarmingly, around half of all long-term smokers will prematurely die as a result – about 15 people a day in the North East alone. Incredibly, the combination of smoking and drinking raises your risk of mouth cancer by 38 times.
If you want to stop, plan ahead and know when you’re more likely to be tempted to have a smoke. Consider your diet as certain food and drink can make you crave a cigarette more. If you’re struggling to stop smoking, try changing your eating habits so these obstacles won’t present themselves to you.
Keeping busy is also a good preventative measure. Your mind will be occupied on the task in hand rather than thinking about wanting a cigarette!
There are many resources to help you quit, including patches, tablets, lozenges, gum and a nasal spray.
Did you realise your GP can help you quit smoking too? Speak to your doctor and they may enroll you in a stop smoking clinic, or may prescribe nicotine replacement therapy, such as patches and gum.
There are many benefits to quitting smoking, including the positive impact on your appearance. This includes having healthier looking skin and delaying the appearance of wrinkles. Scientific studies also show people’s stress levels are lower after they stop smoking.
If you’re struggling to quit, why not make a list of reasons why you want to stop smoking? As well as a younger and healthier complexion, you can have whiter teeth, nicer smelling breath and a longer life expectancy.
Being smoke-free not only can add years to your life, but it also greatly improves your chances of a disease-free, mobile, happier old age.
If you think you need support, you can call the NHS Smokefree Helpline on 0300 123 1044 open Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm, and Saturday to Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
I urge you all to think about giving cigarettes up for good – it is NEVER too late to quit!