3 easy ways to quit - which treatment is best for you?

3 easy ways to quit smoking

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Which treatment is the best for you?

As a smoker, your body is addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes, which gets you hooked on. To get motivated, find your reason to quit. It may be to protect your family from secondhand smoke or lower your chances of getting cancer, heart disease, or other severe health conditions. Find something to do with your hands- fiddle with a pencil or a stress ball. Cut straw into cigarette-sized pieces and inhale through it. Distract yourself- play a game on your phone, talk to someone, listen to music or go for a walk.

Easy ways to give up smoking

Set a date

Once you’ve decided to quit, set a date. Pick a day your less likely to be stressed and tell friends and family that you’re quitting so they can support you. Learn from what worked and what didn’t work during previous attempts, and apply to the next time you try to quit. The day before, remove everything related to smoking (including half-finished packs and lighters). And resist the urge to keep a spare pack ‘for an emergency.

You are a staggering 225% more successful quitting if you combine specialist support and medication (Cancer research UK).

 Medication can help

Champix

Champix is a treatment best-suited for people who are motivated to give up smoking but have
not yet been successful. The treatment consists of a 12-week course of tablets (usually one to two tablets a day) designed to relieve the craving and withdrawal symptoms associated with smoking. Before starting your course of Champix, set a date to stop smoking, and start taking the tablets one to two weeks
before this date. Most people set their date between 10 to 14 days of taking Champix.

Champix-packet

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Doesn’t contain nicotine
  • Relives withdrawal symptoms
  • Doubles/ triples your chances of quitting

Cons

  • Not safe during pregnant or breastfeeding and under the age of 18.
  • Side effects include nausea, insomnia, and feeling tired.
  • Only available on prescription

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)

NRT is a type of medication that provides you with a low level of nicotine, without the tar, carbon
monoxide and other poisonous chemicals present in tobacco smoke. The medication is available in
five different forms, skin patches, chewing gum, inhalators, tablets/ oral strips/ lozenges and nasal
and mouth spray. The types of NRT are dependent on whether you’re a heavy or a light smoker, want to gradually cut down before you stop or want to stop smoking completely. The treatment lasts 8-12 weeks before you gradually reduce the dosage and eventually stop.

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)

Pros

  • Some types can be bought from shops without a prescription
  • You can use it whenever you have a craving, as long as you don’t exceed the
    daily dose.
  • Relives withdrawal symptoms

Cons

  • Contains nicotine
  • Needs to be joint with additional support systems such as a stop-smoking
    programme for a few months after you quit.
  • Side effects include insomnia, dizziness and headaches.

E-cigarettes

E-cigarettes allow you to inhale nicotine in a vapour rather than smoke without the tar, carbon
monoxide and other poisonous chemicals present. They work by heating a liquid that contains nicotine, chemicals and flavourings. The types of E-cigarettes are dependent on whether you’re a heavy or a light smoker. For example, a light smoker would use a Cigalike, vape pen or pod system and a heavy smoker to use a vape pen, pod system or mod.

E-cigarettes

Pros

  • Help manage nicotine cravings
  • Twice as likely to quit smoking compared to using NRT such as chewing gum and
    patches.
  • Available to buy from shops without a prescription

Cons

  • Liquid and vapour contain potentially harmful chemicals also found in
    cigarette smoke but at a lower level.
  • Contains nicotine
  • Fairly new, research is not yet clear how safe long-term vaping is.
    You don’t have to quit alone

As a Haringey resident, you can sign up to our free smoking cessation services. We offer group sessions as well as one to one support on a 12 week programme. Sign up to our Be Smoke Free programme to find out more about what we offer.