We know that stopping smoking isn’t easy, but it is very beneficial for your health from reducing your risk of a heart attack to increased lung capacity and performance.
To give yourself a head start and a better chance of stopping, take a look at our top tips and how your local LloydsPharmacy can help.
1. Remove Temptation
Throw away your cigarettes, tobacco, ash trays and any other paraphernalia that you associate with smoking.
2. Get Support!
You are up to four times more likely to stop smoking if you have support and advice from a professional, so why not pop in to your local participating LloydsPharmacy for advice.
How your local pharmacist can help you
Whether you have tried to stop smoking before or it’s your first time, kicking the habit is a challenge and getting through the first few days can be tough.
Studies show that you’re up to four times more likely to quit smoking successfully if you use a combination of stop smoking medicine and specialist help and support.* That’s why we offer advice and support to help you every step of the way.
What advice can I get to help me quit smoking?
You will be able to discuss your smoking goals with a trained member of staff, who will offer advice on how best to achieve them. We have private consultation rooms available if you wish to chat in private.
Our helpful staff will be able to recommend suitable products such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) as well as advice and support on:
- Boosting your willpower
- Avoiding triggers
- Controlling your cravings
- Managing withdrawal symptoms
If you have already tried to stop smoking and have not been successful, it may be that you hadn’t found the right approach or products for you. Our Pharmacists can offer tailored advice that suits you and your lifestyle. So make sure you seek help if you feel you need more advice or you are thinking of trying a different method of quitting.
3. Consider Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) Products
You are twice as likely to quit smoking using stop smoking medication than going it alone. There are many different types of medicines that can help you with stopping smoking. If you are unsure of which one will be the best for you ask one of our healthcare team at your local LloydsPharmacy.
4. Remember all of the reasons you are stopping smoking!
Whether it be that you or your partner are expecting a child, you want to save money or for health reasons, write down your top reasons and put them in a place where you will see them every day. If you are struggling, take a look at your reason to keep you motivated.
5. Keep your mind active
It is important to try and stay focused and not think about those devilish cravings! If you find a certain time of day hard, try doing something different. Keep your hands and mouth busy! Play with a paperclip and chew sugar-free gum or a toothpick