New Year’s resolutions have a tendency to slowly fade away as we get further away from January. So what really is the most effective way to quit smoking and how to kick the habit for good?
We know that smoking is bad for our health, our bank accounts and others around us. Undoubtedly quitting smoking is one of the best lifestyle changes a person can make to improve their health.
According to the NHS, smoking is responsible for one in every five deaths in adults aged over 35 in England alone.
”I decided to quit because of the cost of smoking, the health impacts and the smoking ban in pubs.” – Christopher Morgan (Ex-Smoker)
Cigarettes contain nicotine, a powerfully addictive drug- Which makes quitting very challenging indeed. Studies show that smokers who use medicine to help control cravings, along with coaching from support groups are much more likely to succeed than those who attempt it alone.
Worldwide the use of electronic cigarettes has increased significantly. Many would argue that ‘vaping‘ has become the best alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes.
Statistics show that in Britain it is estimated that 2.6 million people now vape in attempt to break the tobacco habit.
”I’ve tried everything! Patches, gums, tablets, absolutely everything the doctor prescribed and vaping is the only thing that has ever worked for me.” said Paul Johnson, the owner of an E-Cig shop in Nottingham.
”The reason I decided to use E-Cigarettes instead of other quit smoking methods was because of the repetition- It’s a similar process and so you don’t have to come out of the routine of smoking.” said former smoker Christopher Morgan.
But are they a safe alternative?
Despite some manufacturers claims that the e-cigs are harmless there is evidence to suggest that they contain some toxic substances such as small amounts of formaldehyde and acetaldehyde , although levels are much less than in actual cigarettes.
“E-Cigarette are about 95% less harmful than tobacco cigarettes”
Public Health, England
The main concern for health officials is the ‘lack of evidence on the long term use of e-cigarettes’, explains Parveen Riaz