The Process of Giving Up Smoking:
Without going into the many reasons that you may want to give up smoking for, it is without doubt an extremely difficult thing to do for most smokers & if you are going to be successful it will probably require a bit of advanced planning & an understanding of the triggers that make you want to light up a cigarette.
Nicotine itself is a highly addictive substance that your body will crave when it does not get it but for many people it is more than just that as there are very often a number of triggers that will make you reach for a cigarette but everybody is different so there is no simple resolution that fits everybody’s requirement.
Many smokers will tell you that they don’t want to give up because they enjoy it but when pushed will admit that it is normally only very few cigarettes that they actually enjoy & the majority are pure habit. Maybe it is the first one of the day with a cup of coffee or after a meal but the rest are not actually as pleasurable.
Fortunately there are many products available to help you give up but none of them are easy as they only help & the hard bit is going to have to be achieved by you & enormous willpower.
Pharmacies will normally stock a range of products including nicotine gums, inhalers, patches, nasal or mouth sprays & microtabs. Alternatively there are tablets available on prescription from your doctor.
With the exception of prescription tablets, these are nicotine replacement products all of which work in slightly different ways but it is important to note that they will not provide you with the pleasurable nicotine hit that you get from a cigarette & that with some of them there is no hit all as they work by slowly trickling nicotine into your body.
There is also now a slightly controversial new entrant into world of products than can help you give up smoking, though it is not being marketed as such but as a cigarette replacement & this is electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes.
Research in this area is as of yet relatively limited but early work would suggest that they are least as good as traditional methods whilst mimicking the smoking of a real cigarette. They also have the benefit of providing the user with something to do with their hands which is often an issue for people attempting to give up smoking
The bottom line is that it is not easy but there is help out there if you do want to give up smoking but be prepared to make lifestyle changes that will help you such as initially avoiding friends that smoke or visiting places where smoking occurs.
Do not be tempted to keep a packet of cigarettes hidden away just in case because you will probably find the temptation too much to resist.
You will be amazed by what a tremendous sense of personal satisfaction that you can achieve from giving up to say nothing of the undoubted health & financial benefits.
The Quit Smoking Timeline
Below you will find a neat video demonstrating the quitting process:
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Should you require further assistance to quit smoking we recommend the NHS Smoking Helpline: 0300 123 1044