Smoking: Lifestyle Resources and information
Are you Ready To quit?
You might have tried to quit smoking before and not managed it, but don't let that put you off. Look back at the things your experience has taught you and think about how you're really going to do it this time.
Make a plan
Make a promise, set a date and stick to it. Sticking to the 'not a drag' rule can really help. Whenever you find yourself in difficulty say to yourself, "I will not have even a single drag" and stick with this until the cravings pass. Think ahead to times where it might be difficult - a party for instance - and plan your actions and escape routes in advance.
When you crave cigarette
A craving can last five minutes. Before you give up, make a list of five-minute strategies. For example, you could leave the party for a minute, dance, or go to the bar. And think about this: the combination of smoking and drinking raises your risk of mouth cancer by 38 times.
A review of scientific studies has proved exercise – even a five-minute walk or stretch – cuts cravings and may help your brain produce anti-craving chemicals.
Look at the Pros and Cons
Make a list of reasons to quit . Keep reminding yourself why you made the decision to give up. Make a list of the reasons and read it when you need support.
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can double your chances of success.
As well as patches, there are tablets, lozenges, gum and a nasal spray. And if you like holding a cigarette, there are handheld products like the inhalator. There are also e-cigarettes.
Support is available from your local stop smoking service. Did you know that you're up to four times more likely to quit successfully with their expert help and advice?
Click here for a list of Current Stop Smoking Providers in Gateshead
Information around the Web
For the lastest infromation and updates please visit the Stop Smoking directory on OurGateshead
Click here to visit Stop Smoking Page
The website provides guidance, facts, apps, stop smoking services, NHS treatment information and e-cigarrete facts.
Click here to visit website
NHS Smokefree App
The Smokefree app can help people stop smoking by providing daily support and motivation. If people stay smokefree for the 4-week programme they are up to five times more likely to stay quit for good. There's lots of other free support on offer – from emails, SMS and texts.
Download: Google Play
One You - Smoking (Public Health England)
Information, advice and resources to support people stop smoking. The website includes a list of stop smoking providers.
Click here to download resource