If you’ve ever tried to give up smoking you know how hard it is. Nicotine is a powerful drug. Sometimes it takes 2, 3, 4 or even more goes to quit and stay quit.

Most smokers want to quit. They know their habit isn’t a healthy one. So this brochure won’t go into any of the all too well-known facts about how smoking damages your body. Instead, we’ll concentrate on positive ways you can kick your smoking habit for good.

Planning your strategy

You’ve already made the first positive step towards quitting smoking by picking up this brochure. Now it’s time to put a bit of thought into how you’re going to pull it off. Don’t try and rush into it. Thinking about some vital strategy details will help you succeed in the long run.

Step 1: Know the benefits Having a thorough grasp of all the positive benefits of quitting will not only give you the enthusiasm you need to start out, it’ll also provide ammunition against any negative thoughts that will appear when things get tough.

Reversing the damage

If you’re a heavy smoker, then the good news is that the damage done to your body can be reversed. This will happen within a few hours of quitting. Think about this:

- After two hours all the nicotine in your body will have gone.

- After six hours your heart rate will slow down and blood pressure will stabilise.

- Within one day your body will have rid itself of any carbon