95% of the world’s population don’t have access to treatment for tobacco dependence (WHO 2008). You form part of the lucky 5% who have easy access to quit so go for it!
One cigarette reduces your life by 11 minutes. Find out how much time you would not be able to spend with your loved ones if you go on smoking.
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Source: Shaw M, et al. (2000). Time for a smoke? One cigarette reduces your life by 11 minutes. BMJ, 320(7226): 53.
WHEN TO STOP SMOKING
• The best time to stop is when you are ready. If you make a plan you are much more likely to succeed.
• Pick a date that will work for you and avoid exam or pre-exam periods.
• Pick a time when it’s easy to change your routine
• Ask friends and family for their support during your quit attempt.
• List your reasons for quitting.
• Don’t give up trying to stop smoking! Nicotine is very addictive, you may need several attempts.
Quitline has a specialist registered nurse, Lisa, who works with young people.
Lisa: ‘Many young people put off trying to quit smoking, usually because they think of it as something they’ll attempt some other time. It’s difficult when all your friends smoke. Maybe you don’t want to be the first to say you’ve had enough and want to quit. Many also believe it will be easy to stop.
Unfortunately those who put off trying to kick the habit often continue to smoke well into adulthood, when it becomes much more difficult to quit.
Quitline staff offer free, confidential support and advice and, where necessary, free Nicotine Replacement Therapy.’
For an informal chat or advice, please give them a call or text them on 07781 132606.