5. Group support
Use your local stop smoking service, go along to a group and have a test for the toxic chemical carbon monoxide which is found in cigarettes and reduces the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen. Monitoring this as it falls to non-smoker levels can be really inspiring. By receiving extra help and support you are four times more likely to stay stopped for good, says Holt.
6. Never give up giving up!
If you start again, don’t worry. You haven’t failed. Think of all the cigarettes that you haven’t smoked! It takes most people a number of attempts before they go completely smoke free for good. You have now improved your chances of success for next time.
7. Try an app
The NHS Smokefree app can help you stop smoking by giving daily support and motivation. If you stay smoke free for the 4-week programme the NHS says you are up to five times more likely to quit for good. The Cigbreak Free app uses gaming to distract smokers and incorporates a combination of 37 behavioural change techniques – theory-based methods for changing behaviour – selected by Queen Mary University of London health psychologists to help smokers quit.
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