Tuesday, March 1, 2022
If one of your yearly goals is to ditch the smoking habit, then this guide will help you to get started. Studies show that if you stop smoking for 28 days you're five times more likely to quit for good, so why not start today?
To kick start your smoke-free lifestyle there is a free local Stop Smoking Service near you. Studies show that you're four times more likely to quit with help. Developed by experts and ex-smokers and delivered by professionals, your local Stop Smoking Service provides expert advice, support and encouragement to help you stop smoking for good.
It offers free one-to-one support along with stop smoking medicines, which are available for the cost of a prescription. When asked if they would recommend the service, 9 out of 10 smokers who've used a local Stop Smoking Service say they would.
Your local Stop Smoking Service has trained advisers on hand to support you, either one-to-one or in a group. The sessions usually start a couple of weeks before you quit. Many people find that sharing the experience with others is helpful.
Your adviser will be able to tell you about nicotine replacement products and other stop smoking medicines. They can also recommend which product or combination of products could work for you.
Need a little motivation? Your adviser can measure the levels of carbon monoxide in your body (the CO level) using a carbon monoxide monitor. The monitor shows how your CO level drops to the same level as a non-smoker's, just 24 hours after your last cigarette.
You can find your nearest Stop Smoking Service by visiting the NHS Smokefree website and using their service locator.