WE’VE all got bad habits that we could do with kicking – and smoking is one of many.
If you’ve packed in the cigarettes and your struggling with withdrawal then you’re not alone.
In the last 30 days searches for ‘nicotine withdrawal’ in the UK have increased by 130 per cent, data from Google Trends shows.
Smoking is addictive but experts have also recently warned of the dangers of vaping – which is something many people turn to if they have just quit smoking – rather than stubbing it out completely.
Experts found that vaping just once can increase your risk of cancer and other illnesses.
Just a single 30-minute vaping session can increase cellular oxidative stress.
This happens when there is an imbalance between free radicals – molecules that cause damage to cells – and antioxidants – which fight free radicals.
With so many battling cravings after quitting both smoking and vaping, it’s no wonder that one doctor’s TikTok video about beating cravings for good has gone viral.
The 5 ways to give up smoking
Here are five ways that will set you on the right path to stub out cigarettes for good
Think of the money: The coronavirus pandemic has created a financial burden for many people and smoking is an expensive habit to have.
Calculate how much you spend on smoking each day, then work out what you spend a month and then what you spend on smoking in a year.
Think about what else you could spend that money on, a trip away or you could even put it towards your savings goals.
A pack of 20 cigarettes costs around £14 in the UK.
Try a replacement: The NHS says one way to help stop smoking is to introduce a nicotine replacement.
Guidance from the NHS states: “Cigarettes are addictive, and self-control alone might not be enough for you to stop entirely.
“Give yourself a better chance of success by using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). This is available on prescription from your GP, from your local stop smoking service or from a pharmacist.
“You could also consider trying e-cigarettes. While they’re not risk-free, they are much safer than cigarettes and can help people stop smoking.”
Get help: The key thing to remember here is that you don’t have to go it alone when it comes to stubbing out cigarettes.
You can always ask your GP or pharmacist to help and they will be able to advise you on the best course of action to take.
Join a support group: The NHS says that speaking to others in the same position as you can help you quit.
The NHS says your’re four times more likely to quit smoking if you have the help of your local support group.
To find your nearest group, click here.
Prepare mentally: Last year over 300,000 Brits quite smoking amid coronavirus fears.
If you want to quit you’re not alone.
Smoking is a powerful addictive drug which is why it’s hard to give it up.
Author of best-selling The Easy Way to Stop Smoking, the late Allen Carr, said: “There is absolutely nothing to give up… there is no genuine
pleasure or crutch in smoking.
“It is just an illusion, like banging your head against a wall to make it pleasant when you stop.”
Dr Jess Andrade‘s video has been commented on thousands of times and has over a quarter of a million likes.
Dancing to ‘Get into It’ by Doja Cat, she revealed her top tips to fight nicotine cravings.
Her top five tips are:
- Take a walk outside
- Chew some gum
- Grab a healthy snack
- Reorganise phone apps
- Text a friend for support
In another video, she revealed why you should never vape before bedtime.
Dr Jess explained: “Vaping before bedtime can disrupt how good and how much you sleep at night time.
“That’s because nicotine is a stimulant, people on average slept 40 minutes less per night when they vaped before bed.”
Dr Jess also highlighted that vaping can lead to asthma.
“For some people quitting vaping is as easy as putting the vape down but for others they might develop a nicotine dependence which means when they stop vaping they will feel anxious, irritable and restless.”
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