'Stoptober': Kick the habit - tips to stop smoking for good
6. Carbon monoxide readings
Watching your carbon monoxide (CO) levels reduce after quitting
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odourless, tasteless, poisonous gas that you breathe in when you smoke. It reduces efficiency in breathing and makes blood more sticky, increasing the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) and other circulation problems. Your adviser will measure your reading (in parts per million in your breath) using a simple breath monitor while you are still a smoker.
The more you have inhaled from smoking in the last few hours the higher it will be. The good news is that it quickly goes down to a non-smoker level within two days of quitting - a terrific motivation to stay smoke free.
7. Weight gain
Help to address concerns such as putting on weight
This is a very understandable concern, particularly for people with diabetes. Your adviser will work with you to minimise the risk of putting on weight when you quit and to reassure you that the extra energy you gain from quitting will in the long term increase your capacity for enjoyable exercise. Some services have even negotiated special deals for successful quitters, e.g. free sessions at local pools and leisure centres.
8. Repeat attempts
A flexible treatment that encourages repeat attempts if necessary
If you have tried to quit in the past and not managed it - or if you have quit for a time and gone back to smoking - you will always be welcomed back for another try as soon as you feel ready (in the past there may have been a time you had to wait). You will have gained valuable experience from previous attempts which will make the next attempt much more likely to succeed. You will be reassured that it is never too late to quit, there will always be a benefit to your health and you can do it with the right help.
The biggest hurdle may be that first contact with your local Stop Smoking Service. But we don't bite, honestly!
To find your local NHS Stop Smoking Service visit: www.nhs.uk/smokefree or call 0300 123 1044.
Read 10 health benefits of stopping smoking here
Search ‘Stoptober’ online to sign up for the Stoptober challenge.
The Department of Health Stoptober campaign encourages people across the country to stop smoking together on the 1st October for 28 days (and beyond). Stop smoking for 28 days and you are five times more likely to stop for good.
There are lots of free support tools from apps to packs - we have all the help you need.
About the author
Jill Wilson has been a stop smoking adviser in Hampshire since 2002. She has helped adapt the local NHS service over the years to meet the changing needs of the population. Quit4Life, the Hampshire NHS stop smoking service, has been awarded Approved Provider Status by the NCSCT (National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training) and achieved nearly 4,000 successful four-week quits in the year to end March 2015. This figure includes more than 1,000 patients with at least one long-term condition, such as diabetes.
The above is a sample article from a recent Diabetes Wellness News – it was originally published in the September 2015 issue of Diabetes Wellness News (reviewed within 18 months from publication date). Source references are available on request.
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