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Tips to Quit Smoking

England's recent public smoking ban reminded me there are regular smokers out there still needing to quit. Quitting smoking is one of the healthiest things you can do and I want to be supportive.

So if you're one of them, or if you know someone who needs to quit, here are a few tips from the British Dietetic Association on making quitting a little easier:

  • Chew it over: Some people find that chewing a nicotine gum can help when quitting smoking. But did you know that a recent study showed that chewing sugar-free gum actually suppressed appetite, and specifically the desire for sweets and snacks? Some people also find that cleaning their teeth after a meal or having minty gum helps to stop the craving.
  • Leave a bad taste: Research from the USA has shown that whereas some foods seem to enhance the 'taste' of cigarettes, others make them taste really bad, and could help you to give up. Go for low fat dairy products, fruit, vegetables, water and fruit juice for the best effects.
  • C yourself right: Smokers tend to have lower levels of vitamin C in their blood than non-smokers. Give yourself a boost of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, by eating plenty of fruit and vegetables - take advantage of seasonal vegetables and summer berries, salads and smoothies - all of these will help to achieve your 5 A DAY as well. There's no need for supplements - fruits and vegetables provide sufficient vitamin C.
  • Out and about: With the lungs beginning to clear of the mucus caused by smoking within as little as 24-hours after the last cigarette, now is the time to get out and enjoy some summer outdoor activities - even a short brisk walk on a light evening is a great start. Start gently, but aim to build up to 10,000 steps a day for real benefits and to help prevent weight gain - and because you've stopped smoking, you'll soon start to find exercise easier. Use a pedometer to 'quantify' your exercise.
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jodfleet20 jodfleet20 10 years
I also quit using Chantix! I am one month free of smoking and it has been the most wonderful feeling ever! I had smoked for 10 years and never thought I could do it. Chantix gave me the push and now the smell of smoke makes me sick! It has been life changing and my husband is so proud of me. I highly recommend getting a prescription to Chantix if you are a me it works!!
colleen115 colleen115 10 years
I quit using the PATCH and I love the patch! Quitting is still difficult in some ways, but the nicotine replacement that the patch provides makes for a vast improvement over the cold turkey approach. I preferred the generic brand patch (Rite Aid) to the Nicoderm because the Nicoderm stung and itched for first 10 minutes and the generic does not.
RebeccaAdele RebeccaAdele 10 years
I always say there are cooler ways to die than smoking.
helenette helenette 10 years
fab4 fab4 10 years
The best solution when I quit (after 5 years!) was to avoid being around people smoking. I didn't go out to bars, I didn't ride the car with friends that smoked, and I would politely ask people to not smoke around me. I haven't smoked in a year and 1/2.
christinafry christinafry 10 years
Interesting how the foods that make cigarettes taste bad are the foods that are good for you! Funny how nature works.
Black-Mamba Black-Mamba 10 years
Congrats to you, eaker, too!! :)
eaker eaker 10 years
I'm in my 7th month smoke free. It's amazing how much bigger a part of my life exercise has become since I quit.
Black-Mamba Black-Mamba 10 years
Congrats to you, megan83! I think smoking is so disgusting and unhealthy. Furthermore it's so not sexy :D I tried a few times to smoke when I had some weak moments, but I just can't manage to inhale the smoke.
megan83 megan83 10 years
i quit a month ago. I recommend using Chantix, a new prescription drug made JUST for quitting smoking. It has worked wonders and i recommend it to anyone who is ready to quit. Spread the word!
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