Here at HealthExpress, we have taken a different approach to demonstrating the risks that smoking poses to your health. We took a team of actors out on the streets of London dressed in Halloween-style masks with a difference. The masks illustrate the very real conditions some smokers develop due to their habit, such as throat and mouth cancer, gum disease and cataracts.
Luckily there are now a variety of treatments available that can help you kick the habit. Treatments such as Champix work to reduce cravings and prevent the effects of nicotine, so that even if you relapse you will not enjoy smoking, thus increasing your chance of long-term success. Treatments are available to buy here at HealthExpress, using our quick and secure consultation service.
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Smoking is directly linked to long-term, painful health conditions, as well as terminal illnesses. Making the decision to quit smoking reduces your chance of developing the following health problems:
Smoking has been known to have a negative impact on your taste and sense of smell while passive smoking may also affect your health, sometimes triggering breathing problems such as asthma.
Quitting smoking will significantly improve your health, enabling you to enjoy a healthier and longer life. It enhances your complexion by restoring grey, wrinkled and damaged skin to its natural colour. Your senses will improve, allowing you to properly enjoy the taste of food and drink without the biterness of tobacco in your mouth. Your personal hygiene will also improve as smoking can often lead to bad breath, stained teeth and gum disease.
Aside from these health benefits, quitting saves you a considerable amount of money as a 20-a-day habit costs over £2,000 a year to maintain.
Giving up smoking requires a treatment plan alongside the support and encouragement from your friends and family. It's possible to quit smoking on the spot, although it's more plausible, and therefore more advisable, to ease off cigarettes gradually to allow your body to fully adjust to the absence of nicotine. Speak to your doctor, agree to set a date when you wish to quit smoking, and track your progress with a journal or by simply ticking off days on a calendar.
Remember, this is a long-term process that may take weeks, months or even up to a year. Commitment and dedication is essential. Try subtle lifestyle changes such as spending less time around smokers and avoiding environments that invite smoking. If you want more guidance on how to stop smoking, then please visit our dedicated page by clicking here.
The choice of treatment can be decided by you, or by your doctor, in person or via an online consultation. He or she will take into account certain factors such as your age, lifestyle and the amount of cigarettes you smoke. The most common methods of quit smoking treatment involve nicotine replacement therapy, or NRT, which comes as a pill, patch, gum, inhaler or spray.
NRT can be obtained over the counter without a prescription, but the relapse rate is still high, with only 17% of people remaining permanently smoke free after their first attempt. Counselling or therapy is another alternative quit smoking method that can be explored.
"Smoking and passive smoking have been linked to a large number of health issues. Online Clinics like HealthExpress provide treatment options and information to help you give up for good."Dr Hilary Jones
HealthExpress Medical Advisor
Champix is known to be the most effective of all individual quit smoking methods and offers a higher success rate than Zyban, the only other prescription quit smoking drug treatment. In a recent study, the combination of Champix and behavioural support proved to be the most effective in reducing patients' desire to smoke and their withdrawal effects over a six month period. Studies have shown a 50% to 70% success rate, depending on how long you continue treatment.
Step 1 - Using the link below, complete a basic online consultation. A registered UK doctor reviews your details, including current medications and previously diagnosed conditions. View the medical questions here
Step 2 - Based on this information they will determine whether you are eligible for treatment and make an accurate diagnosis.
Step 3 - In the event you are deemed to be suitable, they will email you with a diagnosis and a secure login, allowing you to place your order from a personalised member's area. You will have the option of receiving your medication in as little as 24 hours.
Over time, the effects of the quit smoking treatment should further discourage you from smoking while simultaneously reducing nicotine withdrawal symptoms. If you are a particularly heavy smoker you may require longer treatment, which can be administered as part of a 12 or 24 week course, usually with Champix tablets.
Bear in mind that a specific quit smoking treatment may not suit all users, so it makes sense to consult your doctor to discover what options you have open to you. Our online consultation service is a confidential, free service that can help you to take the first step towards a smoke free life. Press the button below to begin your consultation today.