The health benefits of stopping smoking start just 20 minutes after your last cigarette. If you would like to quit but but find it difficult– don’t worry. There are many methods out there that are designed to help you stop smoking. Read on and find out why you should take the first step.
What are the benefits if I stop?
It only takes 20 minutes for the first benefit to kick in. In less than half an hour after your last cigarette, your pulse returns to normal. It only takes hours for the next improvement to jump start. The table below shows how long it takes for your health to completely go back to normal after you’ve decided that this cigarette is your last.
There are many more benefits to stopping smoking. Your health gets better, giving way to many more positive lifestyle changes due to an improved sense of smell and taste, a brighter complexion and a heavier wallet. After all, smoking isn’t cheap.
Source of information: NHS
Dr Pixie’s 5 Top Tips to help you quit
Set a date to quit, but make sure it's a date you know you're not likely to be stressed or in a social situation.
- Find yourself a quit buddy - having someone there to support you on your quit journey is a great motivational tool.
- Work out the times when you crave cigarettes - if it's when you're out with your friends at a bar you might want to think of ways in which you can create a diversion tactic for yourself like getting a drink or having a dance.
- Do some exercise! There's been research that suggests exercise helps reduce cravings, so get moving!
- If you don't think you can go cold turkey why not try nicotine replacement therapy? It can double your chances of becoming a successful quitter.
What help is available for me to stop smoking?
Help from Your Pharmacy
Visit your local pharmacy or NHS stop smoking service to get information and advice on your quit smoking journey.
Help with Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) can help improve your chances of quitting. There’s lots of different NRT out there so find the product that best works for you and make sure you always read the instructions so you know you’re using it properly.
Different Types of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
Stop Smoking Patches
One of the most popular ways to quit smoking is using a NRT patch.
This is an easy and discreet way to help you on your way to giving up smoking.
Patches release a controlled amount of nicotine into the bloodstream through the skin.
The amount of nicotine they release varies depending on the strength of the patch and whether is it a 24 hour patch or just a day-wear one.
Wearing the 24 hour patch may help particularly with early morning cravings.
Gum helps tackle the cravings by absorbing nicotine from the gum through the lining of the mouth. It comes in two doses, 2mg and 4mg, as well as different flavours. This may be a good option for you if you miss the action of smoking in particular.
Nicotine Lozenges and Strips
Similar to nicotine gum, lozenges and strips work so that the nicotine is absorbed through the lining of the mouth. This method may be right for you in you are looking for a discreet way to stop smoking and don’t enjoy or can’t chew gum.
Nicotine Inhalators or Inhalers
Inhalators may be the method for you if you miss the hand-to-mouth action of smoking. Nicotine inhalators or inhalers release nicotine vapour into your mouth when you inhale.
This method provides a fast relief and is absorbed through the lining of the mouth just like gum and lozenges.