Determined to quit? Here’s how to give yourself a chance to succeed
By Tom Ward
Quitting cigarettes is hard. Especially so considering just 4% to 7% of smokers who try to quit through willpower alone actually achieve their goals. Give yourself some backup with Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), however, and your chances can increase significantly compared to using willpower alone.
NRT is a range of formats that provide lower levels of nicotine, without the tar, carbon monoxide and other poisonous chemicals present in tobacco smoke. It includes gum, transdermal patches, nasal sprays, oral inhalers and tablets.
What’s more, according to the NHS, combining two formats of NRT products can be more effective than using a single NRT product alone†.
Here’s how NRT can help you stay on track.
1/ It’s an effective stop-smoking aid
Cutting out cigarettes can be extremely difficult and by just using your willpower to resist potentially strong cravings, evidence suggests the odds are stacked against you. In fact, only 4% to 7% of quitters are able to quit smoking using only their willpower.
Instead of being disheartened that you haven’t been able to put mind over matter from the get-go, why not give yourself a helping hand?
Evidence has shown that all forms of NRT can improve a person’s chances of quitting smoking by 50% to 60%. With the Nicorette® QuickMist SmartTrack, you’re 2.5 times more likely to quit compared to willpower alone – meaning you can boost your chances by an incredible 150%.
NRT can be bought from pharmacies and some shops.
2/ It can be useful in social settings
Social occasions can be a common trigger for smoking cigarettes and while it may be possible to limit social settings for the first few weeks, eventually you may have to face those triggers.
The good news is that NRT can be used in social settings to help to relieve nicotine cravings. This leaves you to enjoy yourself without worrying about the risk of secondhand smoke.
3/ It’s definitely not cheating
Once you’ve decided to quit smoking, the temptation can be to go it alone, but using the tools available to help support your journey isn’t ‘cheating’.
In fact, gradually lowering the nicotine levels in your bloodstream, through replacing cigarettes with products like the Nicorette® QuickMist SmartTrack, can help to make the task much more bearable as you are 2.5X more likely to quit With Nicorette® QuickMist SmartTrack vs using your willpower alone. Stop smoking aids like Nicorette® can also help to reduce withdrawal symptoms which in turn can help you stick to your resolve.
4/ It can support your journey
Like losing weight or sticking to a diet, when it comes to quitting smoking, keeping track of your progress will not only help you stay focused, but will help to boost your confidence by providing a real-time overview of just how far you’ve already come.
The Nicorette® QuickMist SmartTrack will give you a quit plan, not only by tracking your nicotine intake but also providing educational content to help you keep moving in the right direction. Support at every step of the journey can make a difference.
5/ It can help you avoid relapse
There’s no doubt, quitting smoking is hard and with as many as 75% of quitters said to relapse at some point, it’s important to ensure you have a quit plan at the ready.
With a stream of actionable, expert-led advice, the Nicorette® app can provide constant support, anytime, anywhere. So when cravings call, reach for your phone, not the cigarette packet.