publication date: Mar 14, 2012
If you smoke
an average of 20 cigarettes
a day, you probably spend about £210 a month
which makes a tidy sum over the year.
However the financial implications pale into insignificance beside the health facts. Over 100,000 deaths per year in the UK are directly caused by smoking and in many more smoking is a contributary factor. So no wonder giving up smoking is one of the nation's most popular resolutions! If you would like to quit smoking you can get lots of advice and guidance from your GP and pharmacist. Plus there are aids to help you:
Patrick Holford, nutritional expert, offers these top tips for quitting smoking:
- Lower your cigarette consumption to five a day before attempting to stop altogether.
- Balance your blood sugar by eating a low GL diet.
- Reduce your intake of other stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol.
- In the first two weeks, mix 8g of vitamin C with water and a little apple juice and sip throughout the day.
- Take 50mg niacin (vitamin B3) twice a day with food to reduce nicotine cravings.
- If you have trouble sleeping, take 100mg 5–HTP (a form of the amino acid tryptophan) an hour before bed.