Learn about stopping smoking the easy way
Why It Takes One Cigarette.
The memory and associations of smoking continue to act as triggers to smoke and brain remains primed and ready to accept nicotine again.
Will I Ever Be Free From Nicotine?
When you stay smokefree for an extended period, your positive association and response to nicotine should diminish.
Tips and Hints on Staying Smoke-free
Manage triggers to smoke by keeping your car and home smoke-free.
Throw out tobacco, lighters or ashtrays and ask people to smoke outside.
Try not to replace nicotine with food. Keep water and healthy snacks handy.
Reduce your intake especially if you’re having trouble sleeping.
Just remember that it can be a major trigger anywhere, anytime.
You often feel better after a walk or run because it releases feel good chemicals in the body
Who Can Help You Stay Smoke-free
You don’t have to do it all on your own. Talk to those you trust, like a quit buddy, friends or family, or from the helpful people at Quitline.
How to avoid smoking again
Let’s say you give up smoking, then one day the car blows up. It’s all a bit much. You need a smoke, and before you know it you’re back to a pack a day again.
A lot of situations can make you start smoking again. It’s quite normal and happens even with treatment and support. The big thing to remember is that you can go again. You might just need to understand the situations that made you start again.
We all get a bit wound up from time to time. Just remember that while a cigarette will feel like an instant fix, it won’t change your actual situation. The car will still need fixing.
A short walk around the block can take the edge off. Keeping fit in general is a great way to energise you, helping you experience the physical perks of being smoke-free. A balanced diet, plenty of water and sleep also help.
Being Around Friends Who Smoke.
You don’t have to avoid friends who smoke. Maybe when you’re at a café or restaurant, focus on the food and the company instead. Be honest with your mates and ask them to hold off smoking around you.
Habits That Feed The Habit
Watch out for everyday things you combine with smoking, like alcohol or coffee. You don’t have to give them up. It’s about moderation. Maybe when you grab a cuppa, grab a magazine instead, write your shopping list… whatever it takes to keep your hands and mind busy!
Giving It Another Go
Once you think you’ve figured out how to deal with these triggers, it’s time to start planning another quit attempt.
If you’ve already tried to quit using Champix, you can have another go.
A self-paid course of Champix is available at any time. A funded course is available once every 12 months. Just talk to your doctor. They’ll know which option’s right for you