Isn't quitting hard?

You might feel as though quitting smoking is going to be too hard for you but we can support you and help make it easier. Many other pregnant women feel the same as you at first but once we've helped them to quit they have told us “it’s not as hard as I thought it was going to be”. Women also tell us they feel so much happier and less guilty when they have quit for good.

  • When you smoke nicotine reaches your brain in about 10 seconds, this causes chemicals to be released in your brain giving your body a feeling of instant relief. However, this feeling does not last long.
  • When you haven’t smoked for a short while your body starts to crave nicotine. You are likely to feel tired and anxious and in need of another cigarette, when you smoke again your brain reacts to the nicotine hit giving you that temporary feeling of relief. If you were a non-smoker, your body would not crave nicotine.
  • Craving nicotine can make it hard to stop smoking, your body is likely to experience withdrawal symptoms as it is not being given the nicotine it has got used to. You may experience symptoms such as headaches, nausea, mood swings and irritability, but the good news is that these side effects will pass as your body normalises to reduced levels of nicotine.
  • You can reduce these effects by using Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and by getting support to stop smoking.
  • You can also read more tips for coping with cravings.

"There were no judgements; we were given the relevant information and the tools to stop. I have never felt pressured to quit and our stop date was all on my terms. I feel that Annette had a real understanding of the difficulty of stopping smoking. She has always made me feel very comfortable explaining hurdles. Great service, nice to know someone is always there to help." - previous service user

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