Of course replacing cigarettes is difficult at first - after all, there is a massive amount of glamorous cultural baggage that has to be given up as well. Didn't Bette Davis build a whole career on looking fabulous whilst smoking a cigarette? Let's face it - smoking can be a sexy illusion.
But Nicotine Replacement Therapy, whilst not having the same sophisticated edge, (or any edge!) when used sensibly (is there any other way to use it?) is a wonderful tool which can help you kick the habit.
Here are two useful links based in the UK:
Stay Quit - A friendly, non-judgemental site run by professionals which I found really helpful. They have a great forum, tell you how much money you've saved each day and how many days you've added to your life! Even if you have a lapse they are still there for you with encouragement. After six years I still get an occasional e-mail from them asking if I am ok.
Smokefree NHS - a website that advises on free NRT on the UK National Health with lots of information on stopping.
The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his/her health should contact a doctor for advice.
Ask the Pharmacist All About Health Magazine, (Issue 9, 2012)