Just can't stub it out? We're here to help.
Call Provide's Lifestyles Service who will be able to support you to Stop Smoking on
0300 303 9988
Our fully-trained NHS professionals can help you sort out the best way to quit.
We know that everyone's different. So what works for one person might not work for you. That's why we'll spend time with you, assessing your addiction level and working out a quitter's plan that's right for you.
We offer advice on nicotine replacements therapies, such as patches or tablets including Champix or Zyban (download our leaflet below for more information). And it's all on prescription for the first 12 weeks, so it won't cost you a fortune. We'll give you stacks of support and encouragement too.
No more excuses... call us on 0300 303 9988
BUSTED! Most quitters don’t manage it first time. In fact, it takes an average of four attempts. And research shows that it doesn’t get more difficult – your chances of success actually improve slightly. So whether it’s your first time or your 12th, you can do it!
BUSTED! It’s never too late to stop, even if you’ve smoked for years or have a serious respiratory disease, such as emphysema. Give up and you’ll stop things getting worse and can actually reverse some of the damage. After just 24 hours your lungs start removing mucus and other smoking debris, and your lung function can improve by up to ten percent in just three months. After just one year you’ll halve your heart-attack risk, and your lung-cancer risk after 10 years.
BUSTED! You’ve been lucky so far but the statistics are against you. There are 102,000 deaths every year in the UK from smoking-related diseases. And if smoking doesn’t kill you, it’s likely to give you a host of serious illnesses, such as lung cancer and heart disease, and circulatory problems which can result in amputation.
Busted! You may at first but it’ll soon pass. Some people get headaches or feel sick but these symptoms are caused by the initial nicotine withdrawal and peak between 12 to 24 hours. Stick with it and they’ll start to ease.
BUSTED! It doesn’t. You just think it does. What you’re really doing when you light up is feeding your nicotine addiction. The calming feeling you get is relief of that addiction, not a relief of stress. Your addiction is adding stress, not easing it. For real stress relief try exercise or an activity which you enjoy and focuses your mind.
Busted! You may be grumpy at first but it’ll soon wear off. And your family and friends will forgive you because they’ll benefit too. Once they stop inhaling your smoke, they’re less likely to get a smoking-related disease. And your kids are less likely to get ear or chest infections, asthma or to start smoking themselves.
BUSTED! Then change your routine. Research shows we smoke as part of a pattern of behaviour, and changing that improves your chance of quitting. Work out why and when you light up, and do something different to break the cycle. If you always smoke in your coffee break or after a meal for example, have a handful of nuts or a piece of fruit. It will feel strange at first but after a few weeks it will become as much part of your routine as having a cigarette did.
BUSTED! Not true. Just don’t substitute cigarettes with food. Stick to three healthy, well-balanced meals a day and make snacks healthy ones. Do some exercise, too. Research shows it improves your chance of success, as well as improving your fitness.
BUSTED! It’s never been less sociable. Since the 2007 smoking ban you can’t smoke in pubs or restaurants, at work or on public transport. More people than ever have quit. Even if some of your friends still smoke, it’s probably only a matter of time before they stop. Why not do it together – now that is sociable.
BUSTED! Tar is just one of more than 4,000 toxic chemicals in cigarettes, and research has shown that smokers of so-called “milder” brands are likely to inhale as much tar and nicotine. But you’ve shown you can make a change to your smoking habits; now make the change that’s really going to make a difference and give up completely.
BUSTED! This week’s too stressful, next week’s too busy... think like this and there’ll always be a reason to put it off. Recent research suggests too much advanced planning to quit may be a waste of time. Just give us a call and we’ll help you with a sensible plan which will work for you. ...
BUSTED: Smoking is an addiction but it's perfectly possible to beat it. In fact, you may be surprised to learn how quickly you can do it. Give up cigarettes for just 28 days and you're five times more likely to stay smoke free.
To stay on track for this crucial period, give us a call and we can make sure that you're going about it in the right way. To quit successfully, you need to deal with your chemical addiction to nicotine and the fact that smoking has become part of your daily routine.
Or take the Stoptober Challenge. The Department of Health is launching the Stoptober Campaign to challenge smokers to quit for 28 days, starting from October 1st.
Click here to find out more.