Smoking, cardiovascular disease and how to quit


Smoking is one of the main causes of cardiovascular disease and remains the leading preventative cause of death in the world. If you are a smoker, quitting is the single best thing you can do for your health, and your local Alphega Pharmacy offers the best aid and advice to help you do just that.

After years of research and education, the link between smoking and lung disease is well known, but many people are still unaware of the dangers of smoking for cardiovascular health. In fact, heart disease and stroke are far more common among smokers than even lung cancer.

Many smokers look to cut back on their daily smoking habit. Smoking fewer cigarettes is always beneficial, but when it comes to heart disease, the only way to significantly reduce your risk is by looking to stop smoking completely.

Getting support for quitting smoking

Our experience tells us that most people who smoke say they want to stop. Regular smokers are on some level addicted or dependent on the nicotine in cigarettes, but this does not make it impossible to quit. With the arrival of Coronavirus, we know even more smokers are looking to find ways to stop their habit to make sure they are as healthy as they can be.

However, trying to quit makes the brain and body produce powerful urges that must be overcome, which is why only 5% of unaided attempts to quit are successful. So, if you have tried to quit before and it hasn’t worked out, you’re definitely not alone.

The good news is, smokers are four times more likely to quit for good if they have support, and the better the support the more chance you have of succeeding. At Alphega Pharmacy, we pride ourselves in offering the best support for smokers as they quit. Your local Alphega Pharmacist can offer you the best advice and quitting aid suggestions that suit your lifestyle, as well as encouraging you at every stop in your journey to become smoke free. Find your local Alphega Pharmacy today and book an appointment with your pharmacist.

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The Alphega Stop Smoking service

We realise that quitting smoking isn’t easy. But we promise to give all our patients the support they need to break the habit. Our fully trained pharmacists support you every step of the way, giving you individual, face-to-face, tailored support.

Stopping is not always successful the first time, but getting the right help raises your chances. If you have tried before and not succeeded, your chances of quitting the next time you try go up. Your chances continue to increase every time you try until you succeed.

Our pharmacists know how to help you get through nicotine withdrawal, offer advice on nicotine replacement products, set achievable goals for your quitting and offer positive solutions to fight cravings. Find your nearest Alphega Pharmacy to book an appointment to discuss how you can stop smoking