It’s a good question. When is the best time to stop smoking?
There are so many ways to answer, and often they’re not too helpful for smokers.
If you’re a smoker, it’s easy to feel your relationship with tobacco isn’t understood. That people don’t get why it’s hard to stop. And it is.
Which is why there are services that can help you to quit.
You don’t have to do it alone.
- Tobacco kills up to half of its users.
- Tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year. More than 7 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.
- Around 80% of the world’s 1.1 billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries.
No Smoking Day 2020 is on Wednesday 11th March
Public Health England (PHE) encourages people to give up cigarettes. Perhaps you only started smoking recently. Or perhaps you’ve been smoking for years. Whenever you started, now is a good time to stop smoking.
One You and PHE help people give up using tobacco products.
No Smoking Day is a great time to stop smoking, because you only have to set yourself a target for the day. Then, if you got through it and you decide to continue, you can tackle each new day as it comes. People who manage to get through the worst first few days are more likely to keep on going.
Your health care professionals can help you plan for this life-changing move. Find out more about the support that’s available. Read more on Smokefree or download the app.
Is it a good idea to stop smoking and vape instead?
A word of warning.
Researchers expressed concern in the past about the long term effects of vaping. Now, as the years have passed and the numbers of people taking up vaping soars, it is beginning to take it’s toll.
Ways to stop smoking.
- Some people like to talk to a professional for motivation and support. You can find a stop smoking service near you. Or alternatively, drop into your local pharmacy for help. Professional advisors can increase your chance of successfully stopping smoking.
- More and more people are turning to nicotine replacement therapy to stop smoking. Your pharmacist can advise on patches, inhalers or lozenges.
- And many people are finding success vaping. But it is not risk free. As the first e-cigarettes only came on the market just over ten years ago, time will show what the long term effects are.
- Whether using patches, chewing gum or vaping, substitutes should only be a short stage on the journey to going totally nicotine free.
- There are many people, too, who have successfully given up smoking without using substitutes. It’s the best way to save money as well as improve your health!
What can I expect if I stop smoking by going “cold turkey”?
It’s a good idea to know what to expect so you can manage better.
- It takes three days for the body to be free of nicotine.
- Usually it’s day two or three when withdrawal symptoms are at their worst.
- The usual withdrawal symptoms people experience are: irritability, anxiety, lack of focus, headaches, cravings for food and cigarettes.
- Although many people start feeling better by the end of the first week, it can take up to three months for the cravings to stop.
- And the habit can stay with you a life-time, which is why it’s a good idea to plan coping mechanisms, even if it means crunching carrot sticks at times when you’d normally smoke.
What if I start smoking again?
So you got through No Smoking Day but started again the next day? That’s your choice. You’re informed and you made your decision.
And there’s no reason why you can’t plan to stop again. Lot’s of people who end up smoke free have tried to give up a few times unsuccessfully before eventually getting there. Think of it as training, if nothing else.
And there’s no reason why you can’t set yourself different objectives. Maybe set yourself the target of a non-smoking week. Or cut down? Or just smoke in the evenings. Living by a few rules can help to bring more discipline to control your habit. Working with will power is the cheapest way to give up smoking.
Just don’t leave the time to stop smoking until it’s too late. You don’t want it to be a doctor who tells you, “If only you had stopped…”
Keep on reminding yourself of the benefits if you stop smoking.
At SpaDental we’re concerned about the general health of our patients. Moreover, we are particularly aware of the damaging effects that smoking has on oral health.
- increases the risk of mouth and throat cancers.
- affects the oxygen levels in the bloodstream, so infected gums don’t heal well. The result is gum disease that just keeps on getting worse. Gum disease often leads to tooth loss.
- stains teeth and can cause bad breath.
If you make a dental appointment your dentist will routinely check for signs of gum disease and mouth cancer.
And, when you stop smoking, why not treat yourself to a course of tooth whitening with the money you’ve saved?
Transform your smile as well as your life!
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