2014 might be the best year to quit smoking yet. As the new NHS Smokefree campaign says: “There are more ways than ever to quit”.

While it’s never going to be easy to kick the habit, especially if you’re a heavy smoker, there is plenty of support out there to make use of.

Here we’ll give you the best resources for ditching the smokes this year.

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Use the NHS

The NHS Smokefree campaign has helped hundreds of thousands of smokers become ex-smokers. Visiting their website is a good start: you can read testimonials, watch videos of the success stories, from the chef and his staff who quit thanks to a group session by the stop smoking service, to the man who quit for the sake of his daughter. You can find out about all the benefits that come with not smoking as well as request a Quit Kit. The pack contains a range of practical and engaging tools to help you quit, including an addiction test, a stress toy, and a progress calendar.

E-Cigarettes

If you decide to quit smoking it can feel as though you’re putting a lot of pressure on yourself. And with nicotine cravings piling on the anxiety, resisting temptation will be difficult. If you don’t quite feel ready to give up completely, trying some form of cessation device can be helpful. Like nicotine gum and patches, electronic cigarettes deliver a nicotine hit, but they do so in a manner more familiar to smokers by vaporising the nicotine (contained in a solution usually known as an e-liquid) which is then inhaled. There haven’t been any peer-reviewed medical trials conducted to date but preliminary studies have shown that e-cigs are as good a cessation device as nicotine patches. This is a good time of year to pick up bargains to help you on the road to quitting such as the TABs e liquid deals.

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Use Technology

The self-help app market has been doing a roaring trade and it’s no surprise that there are a slew of apps to help you quit smoking. LIVESTRONG’s MyQuit Coach is one of the better examples – whether you want to quit or cut down, you can analyze your current cigarette habit and set yourself goals which you can keep track of, as well as work out when cravings occur. Quit It Lite is another frontrunner in the ‘give-up-smoking’ genre – it keeps a tally of the cigarettes you resisted and tots up the money you’ve saved and all the tar you’ve avoided by quitting/reducing your tobacco intake.

Petition Councils

Okay, this might seem like a radical suggestion given that councils have done a lot to combat smoking since the implementation of the smoking ban in 2007. It won’t make you popular with smokers but petitioning councils for more stringent smokefree laws is one way to reduce the visibility of smoking, which could in turn aid those trying to quit. The Royal College of Physicians is in favour of a blanket ban on smoking in cars and anywhere where children are present, such as parks. Councils can be persuaded to provide more high quality stop smoking services – it has been shown that those who used such structured support are four times more likely to quit than those who do it alone.

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