Okay, it’s a challenge, but now there’s more help available than ever. Follow our simple guide:
Jot down your incentives. For instance, after a year of quitting, your heart attack risk will have halved, while in 15 years it will be the same as that of someone who’s never smoked. But wanting stain-free teeth can work equally well. For more, visit our No Smoking Day website.
Fill in an online form on the NHS Smokefree website and promise to quit on a set date – being prepared is proven to boost your chance of success. Email it to a loved one or list it on the website. Not online? Grab a pen and paper and stick it somewhere prominent.
Get the right help
"Practise saying 'No thanks, I don’t smoke'"
Try NHS Smokefree’s Quit Kit, which contains an addiction quiz plus info on quitting aids. Your local NHS Stop Smoking Service offers free counselling, either in a group or one-to-one. The Smokefree Together Programme offers telephone and email support, motivational texts and mail packs. Call the Smokefree Helpline on 0800 022 4332 or visit NHS Smokefree.
Think like a non-smoker
Rid your home of ashtrays and lighters and practise saying, “No thanks, I don’t smoke.” This may help convince you as well as others.
Do your sums
If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day, giving up will save you slightly more than £2,700 a year.
Read our three quitters' stories of stopping smoking
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