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Below are some frequently asked questions.

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I like to smoke when I have a drink. Do I have to give up both?

It is best to avoid drinking alcohol for the first 3 months after quitting because drinking lowers your chances of success at quitting. It helps to drink a lot of water and other non-alcoholic drinks when you are trying to quit.

How can I change my daily routine eg smoking a cigarette with breakfast?

When you first try to quit, change your routine. Eat breakfast in a different place, and drink tea instead of coffee. Take a different route to work.

What kinds of activities can I do when I feel the urge to smoke?

Talk with someone, go for a walk, drink water, or get busy with a task. Reduce your stress by taking a hot bath, exercising, or reading a book.

Some of my friends and family are smokers. What should I do when I'm with them?

Tell them that you are quitting, and ask them to assist you in this effort. Specifically, ask them not to smoke or leave cigarettes around you.

What benefits can be expected from stopping smoking?
Why do people cough more when they have stopped smoking?

Firstly, this is good news! Coughing more means that the tiny, little hairs in the lungs (which are your body's cleaning system) haven't been killed off and are now starting to work again. They have come out of paralysis and are starting to clean lungs of the tar that has built up there while they have been smoking. This process shouldn't last too long.

What can be done about putting on weight?

It's important to remember that someone would have to gain a considerable amount of weight to offset the health benefits of quitting. But to avoid overeating, high fat snacks like biscuits and cakes should be avoided, and snacking on fruit and vegetables encouraged instead. There is some evidence that quitters who use NRT gum can halve their rate of weight gain, which may be something to bear in mind when thinking about stopping.

Will I gain weight if I stop smoking?

Not everyone gains weight when they stop smoking. Among people who do, the average weight gain is between 2-4kg. Roughly 10 percent of people who stop smoking gain a large amount of weight (>13kg).

Why do people put on weight when they stop smoking?

When people smoke the nicotine from cigarettes releases a chemical called seratonin in your brain. Seratonin is an appetite suppressant, so when someone smokes they sometimes don't want to eat as much. Hence, when they stop smoking you may find that people crave certain foods - many people find that they want to eat more sweet foods. Also, within 2 days of stopping smoking the sense of taste and smell improves, so that is another reason food starts to taste better.

Will hypnotherapy and acupuncture help me to quit?

Some people find complementary treatments such as hypnotherapy and acupuncture helpful as an aid to quitting smoking. However, there is little clinical evidence of their effectiveness. If you decide to try these treatments check that the person offering the treatment is a registered practitioner and be wary of claims of high success rates. Even the very best treatment programmes rarely achieve success rates of more than 30% so anything above this should be treated with caution.