If you smoke, have you considered taking the first step to quitting? Make a plan, think about what you can do to stay completely away from tobacco, and get practical support and advice from the free smoking cessation service.
Stop smoking services
Quitting smoking is often difficult, and different approaches will work for different people. Plan an approach that will work best for you to stop.
If you have smoked enough, you can help through smoking cessation programs and nicotine replacement therapy.
These free smoking cessation services are offered in pharmacies, GP practices, Health and Social Care Trust buildings, community and volunteer organizations.
Tips and tricks
Here are some helpful tips to keep you on track:
- Set a specific date on which you want to stop smoking and stick to it
- Let people know that they can support you in your attempt to quit
- try to encourage a group of friends or family to stand with you and support each other
- change your work schedule to avoid situations where you usually smoke
- Don’t fall into the trap of “just one” cigarette – one cigarette can easily lead to another
- Instead of smoking, use your hands to deal with stress or the confusion found in a tennis ball or a Public Health Agency release kit.
- When you want to smoke, try to text or call a friend – it will help to pass the passion and distract you from it.
- Avoid high-energy, high-sugar snacks instead of smoking – try fresh fruit, low-fat yogurt or sugar-free gum instead.
- Avoid skipping meals or eating sweets, as both cause a rapid rise and fall in blood sugar levels, which further increases cravings.
- be active – walk more, go swimming or cycling, dance to the music at home, vacuum, garden or car wash
- Put aside the money you save on cigarettes so that you can get what you really want – it can help motivate you in difficult situations.
Cancer, heart disease and stroke
Smoking is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, stroke and other diseases, including lung cancer.
If you quit and then repeat it, accept it, find out why it happened, and focus on how you can avoid it in the future.
It takes a lot of effort for many people to do good, but if you are determined, you will do it.