Will quitting smoking be your New Year’s resolution?

Smoking is one of the most harmful and stubborn habits. There is almost certainly no smoker who hasn’t smoked his “last” cigarette at least once in his life, and then ended up where he started. The beginning of the New Year is in the eyes of many an excellent opportunity for changes, so it is not surprising that quitting smoking is on the list of New Year’s resolutions of many smokers. If it was on your list last year and is still there today, we’ve prepared some tips to help you deal with this nasty habit and break it before the end of this year!

Keep track of your progress using online apps
There are a number of payable and free apps available in online stores, which can help you to say goodbye to cigarettes for good. You can follow your progress in a fun way. They will show you, for example, how much money you have saved, which health benefits smoking cessation brings you, and also offer you advice and help when dealing with the challenges you encounter on your way to a life without cigarettes. We suggest that you try at least the free ones and find out which one suits you best.

Intermediate stop on your way to destination – electronic cigarette
Many smokers choose to quit smoking with the help of electronic cigarettes. This approach can be successful, as e-cigarette still provide a ritual, which is an important psychological aspect in quitting smoking. According to the Public Health England, e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than “traditional” ones, as they do not contain tobacco and tobacco related tar and carbon monoxide, which are considered the most harmful elements of “classic” cigarettes. Let us remind you that the best option is to quit smoking, but e-cigarettes – by the way, you can also buy nicotine-free ones – are a less harming alternative on your way to your goal.

Consult your doctor
Smokers may on their path toward quitting smoking also be advised and assisted by experts such as doctors and pharmacists. In Slovenia, smokers have various options, such as nicotine replacement therapy in the form of patches, chewing gums, nasal sprays and inhalers. Your family doctor can prescribe one of two medicines available in the Slovenian market, or you can decide to join a medical-educational workshop organized by health centres. You can also call a free telephone number 080 22 77 for assistance in quitting smoking.

 Achieving results with working on yourself
Some smokers use more unconventional approaches such as hypnosis, acupuncture and meditation when quitting smoking. The basic benefit of most of these approaches is to give people the strength to change. Smokers learn that they have control over their bodies, and this awareness helps them in a successful dealing with giving up smoking.

Regardless of which approach or combination of approaches you choose, the decision to quit smoking is one of the best in your life. Have confidence and courage!

Matej Črnjavič

Corporate Communications Specialist

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