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STAYING cigarette free isn't only good for your health - it's good for your wallet.

In one recent survey a quarter of smokers said cost was their number one reason for wanting to give up.

Kicking a 20-a-day habit will boost your bank account by a massive PS2,600 a year. Even cutting out five cigarettes a day will leave you with an extra PS650 a year in the piggy bank. So if you're looking for that financial motivation to cut down or stop smoking completely, visit where an online calculator will work out exactly how much money you could save.

But for nearly a third of respondents, wanting to improve their health was the biggest factor. Tobacco kills nearly 100,000 people in the UK every year - the equivalent of 11 deaths every single hour.

It is well known that smoking can cause cancer, respiratory disease and heart disease. But tobacco can also lead to a whole range of other serious problems such as infertility and sight loss.

Happily, within hours of stamping out your last cigarette your body starts to recover from the effects of nicotine and additives.

Your blood pressure and heart rate begin to return to healthier levels, and over time your lung capacity increases and breathing becomes easier.

The best thing you can do is to quit smoking, but it can be hard...

Boots pharmacist Tom Kallis said: "Giving up smoking is probably the single most positive thing you can do to improve your health."

He and other Boots pharmacists understand there's no one way to quit and will help you find what works best for you.

Head to your local Boots pharmacy to find out what support is available there to help you improve your chances of quitting. Mr Kallis said: "It can take several attempts to quit smoking for good - but if the will is there to even hazard giving it a shot, I'd say it's worth a try with your local pharmacy team.

"Willpower is the most important factor. If someone wants to quit, the time is probably right to start taking some action - even if it's only baby steps."

Pharmacies are an excellent first port of call for smokers who have decided they want to cut cigarettes out of their life.

Mr Kallis said: "Having a chat with your local pharmacist can allow smokers who want to quit to gauge which product or combination of products would be best suited to them, how to use them and when to use them.

"Our pharmacists can give expert advice on products available such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy to help with quitting smoking.

"This is available in a range of forms such as patches and inhalators, which work at slightly different speeds.

"Most pharmacies also have details of local support groups or may even provide NHS stop smoking services to help smokers along their journey."

For those who prefer the comfort of their home, Boots even has an online stop smoking clinic. This enables customers to have an online consultation and if it's suitable for them, to access a prescription-only medicine to help their quit attempt.

Boots is also backing Public Health England's Stoptober challenge, which is back for another year to help the one-infive Brits who still smoke to quit.

Last year, more than 250,000 smokers across England and Wales stubbed out their cigarettes for October. And they will be supported again this year by a host of comedians including Rhod Gilbert and Bill Bailey. Research shows if you manage to stop smoking for 28 days you are five

times more likely to stop for good.

Six top tips for staying smoke free

1 Studies have shown that even moderate physical activity can reduce the urge to smoke.

2 Tell your family, friends and colleagues - so you can get their support.A little bit of encouragement goes a long way.

3 Brushing your teeth regularly helps stave off the urge for a cigarette.

4 Avoid activities such as drinking alcohol that trigger your urge to smoke.

5 Change your diet. A study has shown eating lots of fruit and vegetables make cigarettes taste terrible.

6 Reward yourself by spending the money you've saved on cigarettes on something fun.

Products to help you quit

Niquitin Clear, PS13 for seven patches, 21mg Each patch lasts up to a day and provides a continuous supply of nicotine for anyone who wants to quit or cut down.

Nicorette QuickMist 1mg & mouthspray, PS20.25 for a double pack Discreet and fast working, this can reduce cravings and prevent or relieve any withdrawal symptoms.

Nicotinell Support Icemint, PS10.50 for 96 Medicated chewing gum that can be used on the go.

Boots NicAssist 1mg lozenges, PS11 for 96 For those wishing to quit, handy to have in your pocket.

How pharmacies can help you quit

DID you know you are four times more likely to successfully quit smoking if you get support?

The free NHS Stop Smoking service available in locations near you, which may include a Boots pharmacy, offers access to a one-to-one consultation with trained advisers.

The service provides expert advice, support and encouragement to help you stop smoking for good. The adviser will give you expert advice on the different types of Stop Smoking medicines and then talk to you about which one will be most suitable for you.

When asked if they would recommend the service, nine out of 10 smokers who've used a local Stop Smoking Service said they would do.

Remember, your pharmacist is not just there to provide treatment options but to offer advice and support, and also talk you through any concerns.


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 6, 2015
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