I don’t think I need to be telling you in this day and age that smoking is bad. We all know it’s bad right?
So, this stop smoking day let’s talk about excuses, the what’s stopping you from quitting and how we can get past them.

Shall we start with a classic… ‘The damage is already done’.

After quitting smoking your body will start to repair itself. It’s said that after a few days of quitting you’ll notice small changes in your breathing. Seeing small changes quickly always helps encourage you to carry on.

‘If I stop I’ll gain weight’.

This one is down to you. Smoking helps to burn calories faster, but as long as you are aware of the food you put into your body and maintain a healthy, balanced diet you shouldn’t see a weight change.

‘It’s not the right time for me to quit’.

Well, when is the right time? It isn’t advised to give up smoking at particularly stressful times. You can however pick a particular date and tell people about it. This bench mark will encourage you to keep it up. One of the best times to quit is today on No Smoking Day, British Heart Foundation have estimated that more than 1.5 million smokers have quit since the campaign launch in 1983.

‘But, Smoking makes me look attractive’.

There are clear side effects from smoking such as yellow fingernails, blackened fingers and a yellow stained tongue and teeth. If anything, I’d say avoiding these things would be more attractive. Wouldn’t you?

‘I can’t do it, I’m addicted’.

This one is half true. You may well be addicted. But, like your teacher once said – there’s no such thing as can’t. Every year thousands of people manage to quit smoking and this year why not join them? You won’t get a t-shirt – but you’ll get something better. A healthier life for you and those around you!

I think that’s enough about excuses. You can receive helpful advice and information on how to quit smoking for 28 days directly to your inbox. We also have a helpful link to local services.

As always, NHS choices has this stuff down. So, if you visit their site, punch in smoke free you will get a world of information at your fingertips.

The Stay Well Team