In England, smoking is the biggest cause of preventable deaths and is responsible for over 80,000 deaths each year. Smoking is the cause of 17% of all deaths in people aged 35 and over. If you have decided that stopping smoking will be your new year’s resolution, you may find our hints and tips useful.
Hints and tips
- You can sign up for help from Smokefree, which includes an app and a Quit Kit, as well as guidance by email or text. Millions of people have used this service to help them stop smoking.
- Studies have shown that you’re four times more likely to stop smoking with help. You can find your free local Stop Smoking Service by entering your postcode here. When they were asked if they would recommend this service, 9 out of 10 smokers who’ve used their local Stop Smoking Service said they would recommend it. Your adviser from this service can measure the levels of carbon monoxide in your body using a carbon monoxide monitor.
- Prescription treatments can also be effective by reducing cravings for nicotine and blocking the rewarding and reinforcing effects of smoking, especially when used alongside support services.
- Scientific studies have been reviewed and indicate that exercise can help reduce cravings and may also help your brain produce anti-craving chemicals. This can even be something quick like a five-minute walk.
- It may help you to write a list of reasons to stop smoking. Then you can refer to it when you are looking for that extra motivation.
- It might be useful to keep an emergency phone number handy. The NHS Smoking Helpline is available on 0300 123 1044. You can call the helpline if you need to talk to someone about stopping smoking. They also offer advice on dealing with cravings.