Phone and chat support
The impact of mental stress can be significant and draining for anyone who is quitting smoking. Preventing the body from ingesting tobacco can play tricks with one’s mind and allow disobedient emotions to pop up and create chaos. In these situations, it’s really comforting to talk to someone who listens. Someone who understands what you are going through and who can give you both support and good advice.
Quit smoking services often offer free of charge services to people who want to quit smoking or stop using snus. Many of these help lines have both telephone and chat services, allowing you to get customised support from a tobacco cessation expert with experience from the health service sector.
People who have used a quit smoking service find them highly effective. Based on results from self-assessments, about 35% of smokers become tobacco free after having used the service for 12 months.
You can also consult:
- Health care clinics
- Certain regional quit smoking services
- Health services online
- Various online discussion forums for people in the same situation
- Quit smoking groups that arrange support and therapy meetings get-togethers.
The difficulty of quitting
When Karl Olof Fagerström worked with drug addiction in the 1970s, he was surprised that so many of them told him that it was just as difficult to quit smoking as it was to quit drugs.
– I thought it sounded strange, because at that time smoking was mostly considered an ugly habit and those who had difficulty quitting were weak-willed or had a bad character, says Karl Olof and continues:
– But if you managed to break a drug addiction, you couldn’t be weak-willed, could you?
He therefore began to study the research that was available, to find out the reason why it is really so difficult to quit smoking.
A smart help on your journey to becoming smoke-free!