Quitting smoking is easier with the right support
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There are so many reasons to quit smoking. For a start you'll feel healthier. No matter how long you've smoked for, quitting can help improve your health almost immediately. You can get lots of help if you want to quit. As well as the health benefits, there's money savings too. If you smoke a packet a day, you could save around £250 each month.
Tip No. 1
Throw away all the paraphernalia - ashtrays, lighters, cigarettes, papers, and tobacco. This will help you avoid reminders of your old habit and avoid temptation.
Tip No. 2
The minute you stop smoking, your body starts to recover. After 8 hours, you can taste and smell better. After 3 days, breathing gets easier. And after 2 weeks your circulation improves.
Tip No. 3
Use stop smoking aids. Using stop smoking aids can really help with managing cravings and keeping you on track.
Tip No. 4
E-cigarettes can help. E-cigarettes are far less harmful than cigarettes and can help you manage your nicotine cravings.
Tip No. 5
Giving up is good for your health… but it's also good for your wealth. Not smoking a pack day could save you over £250 a month… or £3000 a year. Just think what you could do with the cash you save.
Tip No. 6
When you're first trying to quit, try to avoid situations where people might be smoking around you. This way, it'll be easier to continue towards your smokefree goal.
Tip No. 7
Share the good news! Tell your family and friends that you're stopping smoking. By reaching out to your support network you'll feel empowered and chances are they'll offer you their support and understanding.
Tip No. 8
Everyone has their reasons for quitting. If you're doing it for a loved one, keep a picture of them with you. When you get a craving, look at it to remind yourself why it's worth continuing with your effort.
Tip No. 9
Whenever you get a craving, find something to distract you. Tune it out by listening to your favourite music, playing a game, or doing a spot of cleaning around the house - it's all about finding something to keep you busy.
Tip No. 10
It's a good idea to always look for ways to keep yourself busy. After dinner this evening, why not go for a brisk walk? Not only will it take your mind off having a cigarette, it'll also help keep you fit.
Tip No. 11
Keep looking for ways to keep busy during those times you find most difficult – try dusting your home or a spot of DIY. It can help take your mind off of smoking… and as a bonus you'll be doing something useful.
Tip No. 12
If you find yourself struggling with cravings, the good news is they usually only last a few minutes, so they can be beaten. Next time, try timing it. That way you'll know how long you need to keep busy until it goes away.
Tip No. 13
If you're feeling stressed, try to make time for fun and relaxation. And remember you're not alone - you can connect with others on the same journey by joining the Stoptober facebook community.
Tip No. 14
Right now there are thousands of people like you on the Stoptober journey to give up for good. Join in the conversation on Smokefree social media to learn what others are doing and to share your own progress and tips.
Tip No. 15
Remember, you're changing your life by quitting. You'll save money, improve your health, and help those closest to you. Focusing on the positives will help you stay on track while the recovery symptoms pass.
Tip No. 16
When you first quit, you might experience some withdrawal and recovery symptoms, like feeling restless, irritable or tired. Remember that you're not alone… The Stoptober app is full of tips and rewards to help you quit for good.
Tip No. 17
Make it to 28 days smokefree and you're five times more likely to have quit for good. Keep up the good work and support others with your progress and tips on Smokefree social media.
We caught up with various experts and representatives this Stoptober on LBC to answer your questions on quitting smoking.