I'm 42 and have been smoking since I was ten – how do I kick this horrible habit?

DEAR DEIDRE:  I AM desperate to stop smoking.

I am a man of 42 and I’ve smoked since I was ten.

I lost my dad to lung cancer so I know the risks.

Now my GP has told me I have the early signs of lung disease and I need to stop smoking.

I have tried vaping, nicotine replacement therapy and tablets supposed to reduce the cravings but nothing works.

Can you help me?

Get in touch with Deidre today

My team and I are working safely from home but we are here to help you as always.

Send an email to [email protected]

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DEIDRE SAYS: Nicotine itself creates the cravings that make you struggle to stop smoking.

If you can stop smoking – totally – for a maximum of four weeks, then you will break the spell of your nicotine addiction.

It’s just four difficult weeks when you must not have even a puff on a cigarette but then it gets so much easier.

Distract yourself by filling your time with fun and friends – even though socially distanced.

My e-leaflet on Stopping Smoking explains in more detail.

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