The NHS attributed 77,900 deaths to smoking in 2016. That’s 16% of all deaths. As a result of this risk, life insurers charge smokers higher premiums. Therefore, quitting smoking would not only be great for your health, it may also be great for our wallet! You only need to be nicotine free for 12 months to benefit from non-smoker premiums so here are some top tips to quit smoking!
Set a Goal and Write it Down
Writing down your goals with a time frame holds you accountable. Solidifying your aims in this way makes it a real, tangible thing to work towards, rather than just a pipe dream that you’ll “get round to”.
Get Some Help
You don’t have to go it alone! There are plenty of support groups around as well as online communities to offer advice and help you push yourself. Go here to find support in your local area.
Many studies suggest that exercise can help cut cravings as well as improve your health and mood. Joining a casual sports club or just walking to and from work could really make a difference to your smoking habits, and you could even find a new hobby!
Find Something Else To Do in Your Smoke Break
If you’re used to going outside with your friends to have a smoke, it is easy to feel as though you’re missing out. Try to replace this time with something else such as going for a walk or having a chat to your non-smoking friends. There’s no need to feel jealous, especially when you think of them stood out in the rain while you get to stay inside!
The NHS claim that nicotine replacement products, including patches, tablets and e-cigarettes can double your chances of quitting. However, to see a reduction in life insurance premiums, you would need to be free from all nicotine so use of these products should only be temporary.
If you you need any further help, contact the NHS Stop Smoking service, here.