Did you know that if you quit smoking before the age of 40 the chances of dying from a smoking related disease decrease by around 90%?
That’s quite a sobering statistic – and one worth thinking about if you or someone you know is a smoker and would like to quit.
I’ve never smoked but Misery Guts has, and giving up for good wasn’t an easy task.
It took numerous (failed) attempts and various different methods before he finally managed to quit smoking for good, which was more than 10 years ago now.
So, if you or someone you know is in the same boat in this collaborative post here are 3 simple ways to quit smoking for good.
3 simple ways to quit smoking for good
1. Change your diet for 12 weeks
Twelve weeks is the generally agreed timeframe over which nicotine loses its addictive appeal. Certain foods, such as red meat, sweet foods and spicy foods (as well as alcoholic beverages) are known to increase the enjoyment of smoking because they increase the ‘flavour’ of the cigarette. By temporarily switching your diet to dairy, fruits and veg washed down with water or juice you can actually take something away from the flavour of a cigarette.
2. Consider vaping
The main alternative dominating the market is vaping (see 88vape). With many of the most harmful chemicals in nicotine stripped away while still delivering the nicotine hit via the ritual of holding something to your face and breathing in, vaping is helping people across the world to bridge the gap.
3. Get some stop smoking support
This is ultimately what worked for Misery Guts: he joined an NHS stop smoking course which used all sorts of tactics and offered all sorts of support to finally quit for good. Studies show you’re up to four times more likely to quit successfully with expert help and advice – and even better it’s free at the point of need too.