Making the decision to quit smoking is a big step. One that takes strength and commitment. But it's not something you have to face alone.
There are many services in the Channel Islands that help hundreds of islanders quit smoking every year.
Help2Quit in Jersey says islanders are four times more likely to stop smoking for good with this scheme than if you do it alone.
Here is what they offer:
- Free support for anyone living in Jersey who wants to stop smoking
- A confidential and friendly service
- Free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)
- Support provided by 21 local pharmacies across the island
- A specialist service for people needing more intensive support
To find out more about the Help2Quit service or to make an appointment, please click here.
A service which helps islanders in Guernsey to stop smoking is Quitline.
Here is what they offer:
- Free help, advice and support from Specialist Stop Smoking Advisors
- Free regular, friendly and informal drop in sessions
- Free one to one appointments
- Advice on all stop smoking medications
- Free nicotine replacement therapy or vouchers for other stop smoking medication at States prescription charge
- Free specialist services specifically for pregnant women and young people from 12 years of age
For more information on Quitline, please call 01481 233170 or you can email Quitline@hssd.gov.gg.
Here are some top tips to stop smoking:
- Get support and don't do it alone
- Try quitting with someone
- Set a quit date and stick to it
- Change your routine and avoid trigger points such as cutting out alcohol when you're likely to smoke
- Be prepared - don't run out of your NRT supplies
- Save your money and reward yourself
- Get active - find a new hobby or interest to take your mind off smoking
- Make your house a smoke-free zone
- Don't give in
- Distract yourself from cravings by drinking water or chewing gum
- Be positive and remain positive
Both services stress that it's never too late to quit smoking. The benefits of doing so all lead to longer, happier and healthier lives.
If you choose to stop smoking you can:
- Reduce the risk of illness
- Better combat colds, flus and injections
- Reduce the risk of life threatening diseases such as cancer, heart disease and strokes
- Reduce the risks of problems seen in older people such as osteoporosis, cataracts, gum disease and many more
- Live longer - the majority of older smokers who quit live longer than smokers who continue
- Have medications that work better
- Have operations with less complications