Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Family Life: QUIT FOR GOOD; in Association with YouDidntDidYou.com Stub It out Now for Your Health's Sake

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Family Life: QUIT FOR GOOD; in Association with YouDidntDidYou.com Stub It out Now for Your Health's Sake

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Byline: Compiled by MARIE TURBILL and SARAH DALE

Tomorrow is National No Smoking Day, so why not stub it out for good with these top tips from Teesside's give-up smoking specialist Wendy Martindale?

MARIE TURBILL reports.

THERE'S no getting away from it, quitting smoking is hard, says Wendy Martindale.

"Nicotine is more powerful than heroin. It hits the brain in seven to 10 seconds, which is quicker than an intravenous injection, and explains why people get addicted so quickly and find it difficult to stop.

Which is why Wendy and her team at Stockton and Hartlepool Stop Smoking Services. do all they can to support smokers with an all-round regime.

There is no wonder cure, but these are her top 10 tips to bear in mind.

1. Make it your decision.

"It is no good nagging someone to stop. It has to be your own decision - no one can do it for you."

2. Get advice and support.

"If you come for an assessment we can work out how dependent you are and develop a plan specifically for you."

3. Don't set yourself up to fail.

"People often try to stop smoking and fail so it is important to look at what went wrong last time and come up with strategies to stop the same thing happening again."

4. Limit your exposure "If you meet up with friends who smoke an hour later you are less likely to feel the stress of trying to keep up."

5. Find the right quitting aid for you.

"They are all good, it is just a matter of matching the person to the product."

There are six types to choose from: patches, lozenges, gum, microtabs, nasal sprays and inhalators. Medication such as Zyban and Champix, may also help.

6. Keep your aid with you to beat off cravings.

Research shows you double your chances of stopping if you use any of the quitting aids and you are four times more likely to quit if you both use the smoking aids and attend a smoking cessation clinic.

7. Keep yourself busy.

"People often enjoy a cigarette after a meal, so get up instead, carry the pots through to the kitchen and wash up. …

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