It’s OK to be a quitter
We know that quitting smoking can be tough for smokers, which is why our online pharmacy is here to help. Our friendly team of experts are available online with practical support and recommendations to help you stop smoking. Get help with quitting, this Stoptober.
How will my body change after stopping smoking?
The benefits of stopping smoking are almost instant, which is a great benefit in itself! Your blood pressure will begin to drop from within as little as 20 minutes after you smoke your last cigarette.
After half a day, the levels of carbon monoxide will return to normal, improving your body’s oxygen levels. The risk of a heart attack will rapidly reduce as you progress, too.
You might start to feel irritable or upset when you quit smoking. Try to remember this is just your body adjusting the change, and won’t last forever.
Who can help me stop smoking?
Giving up smoking can be hard work, but you don’t have to try and cope by yourself. As well as emotional support from family and friends, you might need professional support too. Your GP can help by referring you to smoking clinic, or prescribing medicine to help you stop smoking.
The NHS also provide a Stop Smoking Service which has groups available across the UK. These services are free, and an excellent source of support from ex-smokers who know what you’re going through.
Your local or online pharmacist will also be able to point you in the right direction if you’re ditching the cigarettes. Ask about the different treatments available, to find the best products to beat the nicotine cravings.
What is nicotine replacement therapy?
Nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) are a range of products designed to help you manage nicotine cravings. They work by providing you with a low level of the nicotine that your body hungers for, without all of the other more harmful substances.
Over the counter help to stop smoking
NRT is available in different formats, such as patches, gum, or mouthsprays. You might find that you need to experiment to find what works best for you. Everyone is different, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t find the right one for you straight away!
E-cigarettes are increasingly popular, delivering a nicotine hit within a vapour rather than smoke.
Prescription medicine to help stop smoking
Your doctor might also prescribe tablets which can help to reduce the craving for a cigarette. They can be prescribed up to two weeks before you actually stop smoking, to help your body adjust to the change.
Giving up smoking has lots of benefits, but don’t feel like you have to struggle by yourself. Speak to our Customer Care team for expert support and advice today.