It is NEVER too late to quit smoking. This is the best thing you can do, not only for you but also for your family. As soon as you quit, you start repairing your body, reduce your risk and gain many other health benefits. You will improve your circulation by reducing your heart rate and blood pressure almost immediately. Within a few days you will have improvements in being able to taste your food better, and in a few months your lungs will improve by over a third. In a year, you would have cut your risk of a heart attack by 50%.
Tips for quitting smoking:
Identify important reasons as to why you want to quit and write them down
Decide on a quit date and stick to it (a quick new year’s resolution is not always the best time!)
Decide on your strategy. For example, do you intend on going cold turkey, use nicotine replacement therapy or use an SMS or internet support service to keep you on track?
Ask for help. Find support that works for you. Talk to your GP about ways to prevent withdrawal symptoms. Tell your friends and family your intention to stop smoking and get them on board to assist you in your attempt to quit
Understand your own smoking behaviour and what triggers your desire to smoke. Develop a plan to distract yourself so you can avoid the triggers and perhaps put a healthy substitute in place!
If you fail to quit the first time, you must keep trying. Research shows that the success rate of quitting is higher if you never quit quitting!
Here are some mobile apps you can download for free to help you get started:
My QuitBuddy helps you get, and stay, smoke-free. It’s with you through the hardest times with helpful tips and distractions to overcome cravings; tracking systems to chart your progress and all the facts you need to understand the impact smoking has on your health.
Smotivator is an app that inspires you to stop smoking. It also helps you keep track of your progress after you quit the habit.
Call QUITLINE: 13QUIT (13 78 48) or visit the website: http://www.quit.org.au/
For those who might want to see the effects of smoking on your appearance – take the time to have a quick look at The British Heart Foundation’s smoking time machine: https://nosmokingday.org.uk/i-want-to-quit/smoking-time-machine-app/