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Stop Smoking


Most smokers want to stop smoking and it's the single most important thing a smoker can do to live longer. At any one time, about one in 6 smokers are trying to quit. It's not easy but more than 12 million people in Britain are now successful ex-smokers. Most of those who do stop, do so by themselves.
Being determined is the vital ingredient. There is no quick and easy way and nothing can MAKE you stop - but you can if you really want to, and there are ways you can significantly increase your chances or becoming smoke-free.

There has never been a better time to quit, with all the methods and support available. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (lozenges, gum, patches, nasal sprays, etc) and Zyban have been clinically proven to double a smoker's chances of quitting. There is also a lot of personal support, from local stop smoking clinics, health professionals and trained counsellors at Quitline
0800 00 22 00 who offer friendly help and advice.

QUIT, the charity that helps smokers to stop recently launched an e-mail service. By writing, people will get personal responses from trained counsellors, tailored to their specific needs.

Here are ten steps to help you quit smoking:
  1. MAKE A DATE and stick to it.
  2. KEEP BUSY to help take your mind off cigarettes. Throw away all your ashtrays, lighters and tobacco.
  3. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS - Keep a glass of water or juice by you and sip it steadily. Try different flavours.
  4. GET MORE ACTIVE - Walk instead of using the bus or car. Try the stairs instead of the lift. Exercise helps you relax and can boost your morale.
  5. THINK POSITIVE - Withdrawal can be unpleasant, but it is a sign your body is recovering from the effects of tobacco. Irritability, urges to smoke, and
    poor concentration are common - don't worry, they usually disappear after a few weeks and are reduced by using NRT or Zyban.
  6. CHANGE YOUR ROUTINE - Try to avoid the shop where you usually buy cigarettes. Perhaps you should avoid the pub or the break room at work if there are lots of smokers around you. Try doing something totally different.Surprise yourself!
  7. NO EXCUSES - Don't use a crisis or even good news to be an excuse for "just one cigarette" - there is no such thing - you will soon want the next and the next.
  8. TREAT YOURSELF - This is important. If you can, use the money you are saving by not smoking to buy yourself something special - big or small - that you usually would not have.
  9. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU EAT - Try not to snack on fatty foods. If you do need to snack, try fruit, raw vegetables or sugar-free gum or sweets.
  10. TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME - Each day without a cigarette is good news for your health, your family.and your pocket.
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