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Change 4 Life and Stop Smoking

Change 4 Life

Change 4 Life is a national campaign to help families eat well, move more and live longer. 

These days, we are a lot less active than we used to be. Convenience foods, TV and computer games mean that children and young people could grow up with much higher amounts of fat contained within their bodies, which could lead to cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Eat Well, Move More & Live Longer!

Visit the Change 4 Life website for more information by clicking here

Stopping smoking is one of the best things smokers can do to improve their health. The good news is that thousands of people manage to stop every year, and you could be one of them.

You may be reading this because you want to help a friend or family member to stop smoking.

Young people (12 to 17 years)

For many young people smoking is already a habit. If you are smoking everyday it may not be possible to quit without some help.

Think Positive

You might have given up before, but tell yourself that you're really going to do it this time.

Make a plan to give up

Make a promise, set a date and stick to it. Don't be put off by a party or other time when you'd normally smoke.

Change your drink

Fizzy drinks, alcohol, cola, tea and coffee all make cigarettes taste better. So when you're out, drink more water and juice.

Identify your problem times

A craving can last five minutes. Before you give up, make a list of five-minute strategies.

Get some support

If friends or family members want to give up too, suggest to them that you give up together. Also, there is your local NHS stop-smoking services and the NHS Smoking Helpline, available on 0800 022 4332 (7am to 11pm daily).

Get Moving

A review of scientific studies has proved that exercise (even a five-minute walk or stretch) cuts cravings and may help your brain to produce anti-craving chemicals.

Make non-smoking friends

When you're at an event or party, stick with the non-smokers. "When you look at the smokers, don't envy them". "Think of what they're doing as a bit strange - lighting a small white tube and breathing in smoke."

Keep your hands and mouth busy

Try putting your drink in the hand that usually holds a cigarette, or drink from a straw to keep your mouth busy. 

Make a list

Keep reminding yourself why you gave up. Make a list of the reasons and read it when you need support.