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24June

Say no to smoking

Written by Carl Malkin Posted in Alcohol and drug addiction

Say no to smoking

Ever had someone say to you that they are trying to quit smoking or maybe you have done it yourself. People always comment and say well done you can do it. For people who have never smoked or been to addicted to smoking it seems to easy to just say “you can do it” but for you it can be a big deal. What you need to remember is that 1 sixth of the UK population smoke so there are many people who just don’t understand the addictions of smoking cigarettes. People who do smoke will have heard the comments “you know that stuff will kill you” or “when are you going to quit that dirty habit” So when you do decide you are going to try and quit you would like a bit of credit and help in doing so rather than just a comment or nod of the head.

Addiction

“60% of smokers say they would find it hard to go one day without smoking.”

Numbers who quit

22% of women and 27% of men are now ex-smokers. Surveys show that about two-thirds of current smokers would like to stop smoking. 

More than half, (59%) of all adults report that they have never smoked. 

It can be a big change to your lifestyle trying to quit smoking as it becomes a habit as well as an addiction. When you wake up in the morning you have a cigarette, when you have a break from work/college, after eating or during the breaks of a television show. This is when you realise it’s not going to be an easy task quitting and as the nicotine starts to get less and less in your system everything becomes an excuse to smoke again. 

Deaths from smoking 

About half of all regular cigarette smokers will eventually be killed by their addiction. 

Every year, over 100,000 smokers in the UK die from smoking related causes. 

Smoking accounts for over one-third of respiratory deaths and over one-quarter of cancer deaths.

This is where the weak willed individuals give up and say I can’t do it and are back to smoking as quick as it takes to make a cup of coffee. For those that can get past the first few days you have done really well and are over the biggest hurdle of quitting. 

Most programs to help you quit smoking will get you to write down the reasons why you want to quit and carry it with you at all times. If you start to have cravings read your reasons for quitting and you forget about the craving and don’t give in to them. 

If you’ve ever heard the saying “Winners never quit, and quitters never win,” you know that doesn’t apply to cigarettes. Real winners are the ones who do quit.

There are many different products/services available to help you quit smoking available through the NHS and also in shops and supermarket. Here are some ways you can help yourself quit smoking.  

Self Help Ways to Quit Smoking

Think Positive
Make a plan to quit smoking
Change your diet
Change your drink
Identify when you crave cigarettes
Get some support
Get Active
Make non-smoking friends

About the Author

Carl Malkin

Carl is a My Future Tutor in our King's Lynn hub.

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