Figures show that more than half of smokers (54%) believe they need help in managing their cravings with seven out of ten smokers actually wanting to quit at any one time. The NHS Stop Smoking Quit Kit has been designed to aid and support those who wish to quit and includes things such as, calming audio downloads, a stress toy and a tool to help smokers work out how much money they are saving by quitting.
Besides the free kits the NHS are also upping their game by releasing television adverts as an accompaniment. In an attempt to remind many smokers that they are first and foremost parents the advert shows children singing I’d do anything from the musical Oliver and asking ‘If they’d do that, why won’t you give up smoking?’
The latest set of figures show that 770,000 smokers tried to stop in January 2009 and only 5% of them are expected to last the year (38,500), with four out of five smokers having tried and failed to nip their habit in the bud it can look like a daunting prospect. However, with the NHS supporting those wishing to quit and with research showing that most successful quitters not managing to stop on their first attempt, it is clear that patience and perseverance are also key.