smoking as a New Year’s resolution
Have you thought about quitting smoking? Have you tried but
not succeeded? Why not make your New Year’s Resolution
to stop smoking and SUCCEED?
Failure can be due to many factors such as peer pressure to
smoke, lack of information on how to best succeed and lack
of the will to change. The first step is deciding to quit
and why. Most people quit to improve their health while others
may be concerned about the cost of the habit. Either way,
every individual has their own reason to quit but everyone
shares the same goal: to stop smoking.
You must decide what is the best way to do so. Some people
may have the strength to do it alone; others may need one-on-one
counselling or support groups.
Who Can Help?
Quitline is a great service providing access to self help
resources and advice all free of charge and available
by calling 13 7848 (13QUIT).
Quit Coach (www.thequitcoach.org.au) is a free, interactive
website able to provide advice based
on answers you supply to an online survey.
Quality Pharmacist can provide you with professional advice
and recommendations on products best
suited to help you.
Nicotine replacement therapy in the form of patches, lozenges,
gum, inhalers and microtabs are very useful in treating the
physical symptoms of quitting. Research has shown that they
can double your chances of quitting by reducing the nicotine
withdrawal symptoms. There is also a tablet available on prescription
to aid with the symptom control and you may be eligible to
have it subsidised by the government.
You are not alone!
Other things may assist you in ‘kicking the habit’
such as forming a support group with your friends, avoiding
areas where smokers frequent often and of course setting a
goal. Try rewarding yourself when your goal is achieved such
as buying yourself a gift with the money saved from not buying
Always consult your doctor or pharmacist if you currently
take other medications or have any medical conditions.
the quality of life you deserve