Are you prepared to QUIT?
Are you considering making a positive change in your life? If so, we’ve compiled this guide to ensure your ready to make the change.
Published: Monday 07 October 2019
Ensure all environments you have control over have been suitably cleaned and any scent of tobacco removed. If you plan to reduce your cigarette usage before quitting entirely then consider taking breaks from smoking at times you may normally smoke. This will challenge your existing habits, giving you the chance to implement new regimes.
Follow a regime you are comfortable with and which is designed to mitigate withdrawal symptoms by planning supplementary activities to keep your mind and body occupied. We recommend practicing meditation every morning and evening for 5-10 minutes and at anypoint you feel a craving. Give yourself a target to exercise moderately for at least twenty minutes every day, and have at least three hour long slots in your week for uninterrupted exercise. Seek medical supervision from your local surgery as they will be able to recommend the right medications to suit your needs and get you 1 to 1 smoking support which is vital in increasing your chances of quitting for good and can be highly effective when combined with Pharmacotherapy.
Shopping list 
|Milk & Dairy
||A glass of milk makes smoking less palatable
||Reduces the impact of nicotine-induced dopamine in the brain
|Air popped popcorn
||Reduces hunger pangs experienced during cessation
||The healthiest way to deal with sweet cravings
||Provides plenty of flavour, disrupting the taste of smoking
|High fibre beans
||Protein and fiber rich beans can help mitigate weight gain
||Alcohol reduces inhibitions and can make lapses far easier
|Low calorie foods
||Reducing calorie intake could increase your cigarette usage
||Meat can improve the taste of smoking, and fuel deforestation
||Caffeine is a stimulant and improves the flavour of smoking
Perhaps the most difficult part of quitting can come when your peers also smoke. Avoid going somewhere you can smoke during your lunch break. Avoid pubs and clubs until your cravings have subsided such that you can comfortably exercise the willpower not to smoke around heavy users. Identify your own social triggers, and ensure you have a plan of action if you feel cravings. Plan social activities in non-smoking environments.
Authored by Sarah Bessell
Originally from Australia, Sarah joined the team in 2018 as Pharmica’s Pharmacy Manager. Her job is to manage the dispensary team and the day-to-day running of the pharmacy.
Sarah ensures all our patients receive their orders in a safe and timely manner, and that we continue to provide outstanding patient care.