Smokers in Southport who are considering quitting this month (January) are being urged by experts to give it a go to improve their health and have more money in their pocket.
The message comes at a time when thousands of local smokers aim to quit as part of their New Year’s resolutions.
Free support is available to smokers through Southport stop smoking service and through NHS Quit Kits, which are available from local pharmacies.
NHS support is estimated at being four times more effective than going ‘cold turkey’ .
The call to quit follows a hard hitting New Year Department of Health campaign that features TV ads showing a tumour growing on a cigarette as it is smoked, which is designed to show that every cigarette is potentially harmful.
Anyone wanting to quit can call Smokefree on 0800 022 4 332 or visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk for information, support and to find the nearest participating pharmacy for a free Quit Kit.
Top 10 tips for quitting this January
1. Put the money you save from not buying cigarettes in a tin – and if you’re tempted, go and look at it to remind yourself how much you are saving.
2. Remember why you’re quitting – for a family member, to save money, for your health.
3. Quitting smoking will help reduce your risk of diseases such as cancers, heart disease and stroke – and can help you ward off chest infections, colds and flu better over the winter months.
4. If you are a long-term smoker, you may associate smoking with certain activities or times of the day. Changing your routine will help such as having a piece of fruit rather than a cigarette straight after a meal.
5. If you quit on January 1 and make it through to the end of January you are five times more likely to stay quit.
6. If you used to smoke with colleagues at work, try taking a short walk around your office building as an alternative break from work demands.
7. If you’re going to quit or have recently quit, throw away all ashtrays, matches and lighters.
8. Don’t undo all your good work by thinking ‘one cigarette won’t hurt’- it could make your craving worse and knock you off track.
9. Concentrate on how well you’re doing and remind yourself why you wanted to quit smoking in the first place and focus on that.
10. Find a new hobby – New Year is a great time and it will help to distract you from wanting to smoke.
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