Six best ways to quit smoking in 2020
One million smokers in the UK have quit smoking since the coronavirus pandemic struck the country in March, figures suggest.
Research by charitable agency on Smoking Health (AH) and the University of London showed that about 17% of smokers between 16 and 29 years old have a habit of lime, compared with 7% over-50s.
The survey has been estimated for more than 10,000 people from mid April to late June, reports Sky News. The UK’s 7.4m smokers are urging them to stop smoking during the pandemic, according to an organization policy that says Covid-19 is at risk of serious symptoms.
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The London Evening Standard adds that a regional breakdown of smokers in the North East and England is most likely to stop smoking, while Wales and the Eastern Midlands have seen the lowest number of quits.
Ash chief executive Deborah Arnott said while more than a million smokers have quit, the figure was “still nearly five times as many people smoking”.
The numbers have been released to mark a new Ash Wednesday campaign with the Department of Health and Social Responsibility to ensure more smokers return to their destination. So if you’re planning to buy your last cigarette, here are some tips on how to get started.
Switch to e-cigarettes
Electronic cigarettes, or vapes, have grown hugely popular over the past few years. According to the British Medical Journal, around two million smokers in the UK are now seen lying down on vape.
Vapes contain a small amount of nicotine, but the addictive substance is released by heating the liquid inside the e-cigarette rather than burning tobacco, using concepts to avoid the deadly toxins found in tobacco smoke.
Although e-cigarettes are a relative recent phenomenon and questions remain about the impact on health care users, BMJ reports a “growing consensus” among scientists that switching to vapes can prevent a “substantial proportion” of smoking deaths.
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The jury is still out on exactly how effective vaping is for smoking cessation, but a 2015 NHS study found “two-thirds of people who stop smoking successfully in combination with an NHS e-cigarette service quit smoking”.
Try the traditional dose
The common method of departure recommended by the NHS, nicotine supplements offer various ways to consume nicotine without tobacco smoking. Studies show nicotine supplements increase the chance of permanently separating by about 50 per cent to 70 per cent.
Tablets, patches, gums, lozenges, inhalers and nasal sprays are available by prescription through the NHS. “It’s up to a third cheaper to buy patches or your gums from the pharmacy, and it’s a lot cheaper to continue to smoke,” says the Health Care Office.
Read self-help books
Free self-help often stopped by those who stopped smoking as a catalyst to success stories.
Few are as infamous as Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Smoking. Huge copies of his books have been sold and his outlook on smoking is thought to have helped some 30 million people make serious changes in their lives.
Another smokers book to read: You Can Stop Smoking by Jacquelyn Rogers, first published in 1977, but all valid today. Rogers tells readers to watch smoking during the first four weeks of the course in order to avoid an emergency, while also carrying out support duties and cut down on smokers every week.
Find a new way to get busy
One tip from teachers and self-help books is to focus on reducing and distracting your cravings. Going to the gym or going to a run will keep encouraging you to lower and release the endorphins that are associated with the stress of leaving.
Even something as simple as taking a hand and a mouth, learning to tie or “drinking a straw to catch your mouth”, as the NHS suggests, can help keep your mind off of cigarettes.
Ask for help
For many people, giving up smoking is a painful struggle that takes a lot of hard work and frustration, but helping others is a great source of inspiration and excitement. As such, talking with friends and family members and asking for their advice, or simply being confident in them, can work wonders for your resolve.
If they continue to help family and friends, NHS Helpline has a free place where they try to take good-bye, communicate with their professional colleagues and provide advice and support.
Go cold turkey
This option is only for the brave and proud, but it certainly works for some. Going alone can be a challenge, and the Quit Smoking Community explicitly warns against it saying “Cool Turks smokers are more likely to cheat or slip into a quit smoking policy than those who use nicotine replacement therapy.”
The NHS provides self-service quit advice. Users are asked to choose the last date and provide details on their dress. Using this information, the page explains what signs to look for on the road, as well as how much money smokers can save, and the benefits they will enjoy.