The key to quitting smoking is ‘wanting to quit smoking’. Once you have made that mental commitment, that’s half the battle.
Many people are put off by the thought of weight gain, but focusing on healthy eating and exercise will help you not only keep the weight off, but keep your mind away from cigarettes. Here we have found every kind of method to help you kick the habit once and for all. Some people may find combining two treatments works much better than one alone.
A popular choice due to it being completely free of charge, however it has the lowest success rate, only 4-7% of people are actually able to kick the habit. To benefit most from this method, it would be a good idea to refrain from drinking alcohol in the first few weeks of quitting as many find drinking a trigger.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
This includes gum, patches, inhalers, sprays and lozenges. They all contain nicotine that is released into the body - you can choose your level of nicotine based on the amount you smoke. A leaflet is included with a plan to help you come off nicotine completely. This method works well alone or combined with behavioural therapy.
E-cigarettes are becoming more popular than ever before and are now an NHS approved way of quitting. Initial cost outlay may seem quite high, but the upkeep can cost less than smoking. This method is ideal for people who still want the ‘routine’ of smoking, such as cigarette breaks at work. The e-cigarette liquid is available to buy in different strengths, so you can work your way down to 0mg nicotine.
Zyban and Champix are prescription only medicines that will greatly increase your chances of quitting smoking. Treatment normally lasts 12 weeks and works by blocking the effects of nicotine on the body. This will help you reduce cravings and take away the enjoyment of cigarettes if you do smoke while on treatment. They also reduce the withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking.
Behavioural Therapy involves working with a counsellor to find ways not to smoke. You will discuss triggers (such as common situations you light up) and work out a plan to get through your cravings. Sessions are available one-on-one or as a group.