Why give up?
Over 100,000 people die, each year in the UK, from smoking related disease.
Every cigarette you smoke can shorten your life by an average of five and a half minutes.
Babies of smokers are, on average, 200grammes smaller than those of non-smokers.
How to give up
Stopping smoking is all about motivation.Without the real desire to give up you are unable to succeed. You must want to give up rather than feel you should give up.
Set a date a week or so in the future when you intend to stop.
Tell all your friends, relations and work colleagues that you’re giving up on that day and ask for their support and encouragement. If at all possible, find someone to give up with you.
When the big day comes, plan it carefully with plenty to keep you occupied. Avoid situations where the desire to smoke will be strongest such as whilst drinking.
Finally, carefully put the money you would have spent on cigarettes on one side, each day, to save up for some real special treat as a reward.
If you’ve tried everything and failed but are still keen to give up, seek help from your doctor.
Preventing a relapse
Whenever you feel the need for a cigarette, go back to the procedure which helped you give up in the first place.
Avoid complacency and remember that you’re a non-smoker.
Think how unpleasant smokers smells now that you’ve given up. Do you want to smell like them?