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Do you want to quit smoking this year?

As 2023 approaches, many of us are looking at making some New Year’s Resolutions. Thousands of others have quit smoking and you can too – so make this January your fresh start.

If you smoke and want to stop, there’s free proven NHS tools and support to help you quit.

Stopping smoking brings multiple benefits to health, some immediate and others that build over time. These include having more energy and being able to breathe more easily. You’ll also have more money in your pocket; the average smoker is able to save around £38 a week when they quit - that’s £2,000 a year.

If you’ve decided to quit smoking this January, here are ten top tips to help you succeed:

  1. Pick a quit date and add it to your calendar

  2. List your reasons to quit

  3. Use stop smoking aids to help manage cravings

  4. Change your routine if you smoke at certain times of day

  5. Tell people you are quitting

  6. If you’ve tried to quit before, remember what worked

  7. Have a plan if you are tempted to smoke

  8. List your smoking triggers and how to avoid them

  9. Keep cravings at bay by keeping busy

  10. Exercise away the urge

Need more motivation? There’s a range of free support for those looking to quit, including the NHS Quit Smoking app, Facebook support group, an online Personal Quit Plan and local stop smoking service look-up tool, as well as advice on stop smoking aids including information on how vaping can help you quit smoking.

Search “Smoke Free” for more information or visit the Better Health Quit Smoking website here.

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