Giving up smoking, you may go through stages 1 to 5 many times in your attempts to quit, and this is helpful as each attempt is a step to one day reaching stage 6. In fact few people achieve stages 1 to 6 in one attempt. Having been to stage 4 is helpful in future attempts to give up smoking as you then know what to expect from your body as you cut out your addiction to nicotine, and your lungs recover from the inhalation of smoke and other chemicals.
Smoking is both a physical addiction (Nicotine) and psychological addiction (relaxing, socialising and habitual). Nicotine replacement can help with the first, we give you some ideas to deal with the second, together the two can give you an 80% chance of giving up.
We provide a free counseling service.
The benefit of quitting at any stage of life are immense. Quitting will always enhance your quality of life.
Finally, if you are ready to quit we want to hear from you!
Nicotine is the addictive component in cigarettes but does not cause cancer (it is as harmful as caffeine), it is the other components in cigarettes that cause the problems. Because Nicotine is addictive it is one of the things (the other being behavioural) you miss when you quit smoking, so using a NRT product is a good way to wean your body off nicotine without doing any further harm.
Giving up smoking as soon as possible (ideally before conception) is very important for the health of the baby. Ideally you should try to give up “cold turkey” without NRT, but if you can’t then use NRT as the benefits of giving up with NRT far outweighs the risks of continuing to smoke. Ideally intermittent forms of NRT are preferable like lozenges or gum, but patches can be used if you feel nauseous or sick.
While in hospital after a heart attack, stroke or irregular heartbeat then you will be encouraged to quit without NRT, however once discharged and well you can use NRT to quit if willpower alone is not enough.
Have you thought how much smoking costs you (besides quality years off your life) …
If you smoke a pack a day (20 cigarettes) that’s Â £5.00 per day … Â £35.00 per week … Â £150 per month … Â £1800 per year !!!
and if you smoke more … you save more when you quit !
New advice now recommends a combination dual therapy if a single NRT product has failed, eg try a patch for background nicotine levels, supplemented with a gum when needed to counteract breakthrough cravings
Start cutting down to at least 50% of current levels, aiming for a complete stop at 6 months or at the most 9 months. Then gradually reduce your NRT over the 3 months after stopping smoking. The whole process takes up to 12 months.