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Professional Help to Quit Smoking

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Nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) appear to work because they relieve withdrawal symptoms of anxiety, depression, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, irritability, restlessness, and nicotine craving. On the other hand, what works for one person may not necessarily work for another but devising a plan is crucial.

Smokers gain an average of 4 kg when they stop smoking.  However, research and studies of teaching smokers to diet to keep off weight gain to increase quit rates found just the opposite —dieting caused more relapse.

Research has shown that smokers are four times more likely to give up smoking with the help of a support programme
The National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) is a social enterprise committed to support the delivery of effective evidence-based tobacco control programmes and smoking cessation interventions provided by local stop smoking services.

Attendance of a behavioural support programme facilitates smoking cessation
Motivation to attend behavioural support is an important factor to stop smoking – it is essential to find a local stop-smoking service. Stop smoking programs assist smokers to identify and cope with some of the problems that can come up during the quitting procedure.  In addition they provide support and encouragement in staying smoke-free. Research indicates that the best programs will include either individual or group counselling.

Although self help kits and on-line methods are helpful it is important to bear in mind the relevance of maintaining motivation – which may come from individual or group counselling.

Every year around a million smokers, especially women, use No Smoking Day to try to quit.  The No Smoking Day charity estimates that more than 1.5 million smokers have quit for good since its launch in 1983 and with all the new treatments, one-third of smokers who quit now do so via treatment, a rate of treatment use greater than that for alcoholism or obesity.

At any given time, only about 10% of smokers are planning to quit in the next month, 30% are contemplating to quit in the next 6 months, 30% plan to quit at some unknown time, and 30% have no plans to quit. Unfortunately, half of smokers never quit.

To stop smoking completely is the single most important thing a person can do to improve their health. 

“Smoking is hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain and dangerous to the lungs.”  King James I.