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Smoking Cessation

The health benefits of quitting smoking start straight away. It is never too late to start your journey to improved health and quality of life as quitting smoking is one of the most positive things you can do. At Life Pharmacy, we offer advice and tips on increasing your chances of successfully quitting smoking. We stock a range of Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT) including patches, gum, lozenges and inhalers. Our pharmacy team can help recommend ways to manage your cravings and withdrawals and suggest the product that is best suited to your needs. Using Nicotine Replacement Therapy products increases chances of successfully quitting smoking by up to 70%.

Benefits of quitting:

  • After just 24 hours of stopping smoking, you will reduce your risk of heart attack
  • After 3 days, nicotine is gone from your body completely
  • After 48 hours, your sense of smell and taste will improve
  • After 2-3 weeks, your lung function will improve

Tips for quitting smoking:

  • Prepare to quit – write down a list of pros and cons of why you want to quit
  • Pick a date – choose a date that you want to quit by and gradually work towards that goal
  • Get support – speak to a family member, friend, GP or your local Life pharmacist
  • Change your routine – smoking is often linked to certain times and situations so replace these situations with new activities
  • Don’t be worried about withdrawal symptoms – they are common and a sign that your body is recovering from the effects of tobacco
  • Deal with cravings – delay at least three minutes, drink a glass of water, distract yourself and take a deep breath
  • Increase physical activity
  • Count the savings – put away the money that you would normally spend on tobacco and watch your savings grow
  • Take one day at a time