Analysis of 2016 social media trends reveal that the main motivations to quit smoking this year include pregnancy, health, well‐being and cost with relationship problems being cited as the biggest challenge for those looking to kick the habit. Despite a continuing decline in smoking rates, nearly 1 in 5 adults still smoke and there are around 90,000 regular smokers aged between 11 and 15i. Giving up a smoking addiction can be one of the toughest challenges a smoker could undertake as withdrawal kicks in, coping with stress becomes harder and the body experiences extreme cravings. However, thousands of people beat the addiction every year and we have spoken to a few who have given us some tried and tested tips that helped them beat the habit.
Top tips from smokers who have kicked the habit successfully
Be sure that you want to quit and think of the main drivers and personal benefits it will have for you e.g. health, finances, self‐esteem, good example to your kids, etc. Focusing on what you’ll gain rather than what you are giving up will help keep you motivated. Mathew Coyle,age 35
Don’t procrastinate. Quit NOW. Not on Monday. Not after Christmas or your birthday. Do it now, as soon as that pack is finished. Mathew Coyle, age 35
It only takes 3.5 weeks to beat the physical addiction; it really does get easier after that so use that as a milestone to keep you going. Alex Brittain, age 36
Get yourself a nicotine patch for the first few weeks at the very least. I used a patch for the first two weeks and bought some lozenges to help with those sudden post lunch/dinner cravings and it was the best thing I did. Andrew Smith, age 40
Think of all the money you will save and what you can do with it after 1 year. If you quit from 20 a day that’s a saving of £3,500 Matthew Coyle, age 35
Take up something sporty. It will not only help you to feel the impact of smoking if you slip, but also help keep you motivated to maintain a healthier lifestyle, Alex Marshall, 22
Try not to put yourself in situations where everyone else smokes ‐ this obviously isn’t always possible but quitting is so much harder when all your mates are outside smoking. ShakiraDamj, age 24
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