For some people, quitting smoking can be as easy as going cold turkey and not thinking about it much thereafter.
However, for most of us, quitting smoking is a real – yet not impossible! – challenge that often requires thorough planning and preparation, as you may need to have various support systems in place.
Luckily, we now live in a time where there are plenty of methods available to you to help you to put down the cigs for good and these methods have been tried and tested so many times that you’ll be sure to find something that works for you.
To help you along your with your journey, we’ve detailed 3 methods which can really help you to quit smoking once and for all!
Swapping your traditional cigarette for an e-cigarette is a great way to stop smoking completely and, as vaping is said to be 95% safer than smoking, it’s a much healthier way of getting your nicotine fix.
There are two main options when it comes to vaping. You could switch to using an e-cigarette instead of a traditional cigarette for the long-term, or you could start vaping and gradually reduce your nicotine levels until you no longer use nicotine at all. Either way, you still won’t be using tobacco.
Some vapers say even just the act of inhaling and exhaling the vapour without the nicotine can help to reduce their cravings. There are plenty of online shops, such as Cloudz Vapour, that allow you to order all of the necessary vape equipment to your home from the comfort of your sofa.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
NRT is used as a way of getting nicotine into your bloodstream without having to smoke a cigarette. If you use NRT, the likelihood of you quitting smoking for good is increased by two thirds.
NRT can come in various different forms, the most popular being:
These products are great for satiating smoking withdrawal symptoms and you can find them at most UK pharmacies and supermarkets. It is, however, important to note that these products may not be able to stop all smoking withdrawal symptoms, such as the emotional ones.
If you’re planning to quit smoking, it may be wise to speak to your doctor first so that they can help you to put a plan together, especially if you have been smoking for a while.
You doctor may also be able to be able to prescribe you with cessation medication such as Champix tablets (varenicline) or Zyban tablets (bupropion). These tablets can reduce your cigarette cravings and can even reduce the pleasurable effects you feel if you do have a cigarette, minimising the positive reinforcement.
Hopefully, this guide has given you some pointers on some of the ways in which you can make giving up smoking as comfortable for you as possible. For some extra support, try reading through these quitting smoking affirmations.