SmokeDrive

SMOKEDRIVE - WHY DO WE SMOKE AND CAN WE STOP?

We all know smoking is bad for you so why do we do it? Often, it’s two things: habit and addiction. It’s mental and physical.

Habit is the first part, in that we start smoking at a young age, having one for breakfast, then with colleagues outside, then one with lunch, then out with colleagues and then a couple in the bar or with friends or at home. To break the habit, you must want to do it. See our ChangeDrive which shows you how to break an old habit and create a new one.

Secondly there is the nicotine addiction. Your body will crave nicotine, so you need support and a substitute to wean yourself off the nicotine.

That’s it. Simple. Or is it? We all know what happens to our New Year’s resolutions; easy to say, hard to maintain. Let’s stop for a moment and look at some hard facts connected to smoking.

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Facts About Smoking

These facts are taken from the ONS Digital publication on Adult Smoking Habits in the UK: 2019, dated 20 July 2020.

1000
hospital admissions

in 2016/7 attributable to smoking

UK adult smokers
14.1%

In the UK, in 2019, 14.1% of people aged 18 years and above smoked cigarettes

1000
deaths

attributable to smoking in England in 2016

UK manual workers smoking
23.4%

In the UK, around 1 in 4 (23.4%) people in routine and manual occupations smoked

1000

is the number of prescription
items dispensed in England
in 2017/18 attributed to smoking

Smokers wanting to quit
52.7%

In Great Britain, more than half (52.7%) of people aged 16 years and above who currently smoked said they wanted to quit

£ 1 million

was the Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) of all prescription items used to help people quit smoking in 2017/18.

Smokers who have quit
62.5%

62.5% of those who have ever smoked said they had quit, based on our estimates from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN).

ADULT SMOKING HABITS IN GREAT BRITAIN: 2019

Adult smoking habits in the UK: 2019 Cigarette smoking habits among adults in the UK, including the proportion of people who smoke, demographic breakdowns, changes over time and use of e-cigarettes. This is the latest report, which you can download at the bottom of this page, and the main points not covered in the facts above are reproduced below.

In the UK, in 2019, 14.1% of people aged 18 years and above smoked cigarettes, which equates to around 6.9 million people in the population, based on our estimate from the Annual Population Survey (APS).
The proportion of current smokers in the UK has fallen significantly from 14.7% in 2018 to 14.1% in 2019.
Of the constituent countries, 13.9% of adults in England smoked, 15.5% of adults in Wales, 15.4% of adults in Scotland and 15.6% of adults in Northern Ireland.
In the UK, 15.9% of men smoked compared with 12.5% of women.
Those aged 25 to 34 years had the highest proportion of current smokers (19.0%).
In the UK, around 1 in 4 (23.4%) people in routine and manual occupations smoked, this is around 2.5 times higher than people in managerial and professional occupations (9.3%).
In Great Britain, 5.7% of respondents in 2019 said they currently used an e-cigarette, which equates to nearly 3 million adults in the population.

Smoking is bad for your health

Why should I quit?
Stopping smoking is the single best thing you can do for your heart health, and the good news is that the risk to your heart health decreases significantly soon after you stop. Smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with people who have never smoked. By quitting you’ll be improving your own health by dramatically reducing your risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and a variety of cancers. You’ll feel better, and have more money to spend on other things that you enjoy.

How does smoking damage your heart?

  1. Smoking increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, which includes coronary heart disease and stroke.
  2. Smoking damages the lining of your arteries, leading to a build up of fatty material (atheroma) which narrows the artery. This can cause angina, a heart attack or a stroke.
  3. The carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood. This means your heart has to pump harder to supply the body with the oxygen it needs.
  4. The nicotine in cigarettes stimulates your body to produce adrenaline, which makes your heart beat faster and raises your blood pressure, making your heart work harder.
  5. Your blood is more likely to clot, which increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Take a look at our cardiovascular disease page to find out more about blood clots and the damage they can do to your body.

Second-hand smoke
When non-smokers breathe in second-hand smoke – also known as passive smoking – it can be harmful. Research shows that exposure to second hand tobacco smoke is a cause of heart disease in non-smokers, which means you could be harming the health of your children, partner and friends.

nicotine myths

The impact of smoking on your health

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable illness and premature death in England, with about half of all life-long smokers dying prematurely, losing on average around 10 years of life. In 2016 alone, there were around 78,000 deaths attributable to smoking, representing 16% of all deaths across the UK.

Have you the will power to give up?

Have you the will power to stop smoking yourself or do you need support or perhaps move to the less harmful vaping alternative Giving up smoking covers 3 areas; social, physical and mental

Social - socially or at work we congregate in a group [becomes a type of club] in the designated smoking areas. How do you pull away from the smoking group? Take up vaping is a possibility.

Physical - Nicotine is very addictive and stopping smoking requires you to wean yourself off nicotine using the many substitutes on the market.

Mental - what do you do with your hands or put in your mouth to replace a cigarette. You need to replace these physical habits with something else.

I know smoking is bad for me, so I'll switch to vaping I'll have to give up altogether

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I'll switch to vaping

Vaping is not risk free but is currently thought to be less risky than smoking cigarettes. Vaping should be seen as a temporary solution to stopping permanently.

I'll have to give up altogether

You can stop with the right level of support - create a habit and do something new to replace the smoking activity you did before.
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British Heart Foundation – Smoking and heart disease

Smoking and Heart Disease

This video from British Heart Foundation describes the link between smoking and heart disease. If you smoke, you’re more than twice as likely to have a heart attack than someone who doesn’t.

"Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times."
Mark Twain
US Author

Next Steps

It doesn’t matter what stage  you’re at – it’s important to be the best you can be.  At the end of the day it’s about taking personal responsibility – You Drive!

It’s really your choice. You can find out more information about the subject, or see other institutions that can help by going to Support. There you will find organisations, training, coaching, self-help courses and other items to support your personal change. We have also started developing a panel of experts to provide info, advice, help and support. 

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Quit Smoking Today Without Gaining Weight

Paul McKenna, PhD, has developed a breakthrough system to help people quit smoking. 97% of people who use it do NOT gain any weight when they quit smoking. Already an international bestseller, this book and hypnosis CD has helped people all over the world to change their lives.


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Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Quit Smoking

This book is the most up-to-date, cutting-edge, best-practice version of Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking method that will not only set you free from smoking but will also ensure that you find it easy and even enjoyable to quit.


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Quit Smoking:

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Quit Smoking: How To Stop Smoking

How To Quit Smoking Book Kindle Edition

We all know the health risks of smoking, but that doesn’t make it any easier to kick the habit.

Whether you’re an occasional teen smoker or a lifetime pack-a-day smoker, quitting can be tough.

Quitting smoking is a process of forcing yourself.


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QuitGo Smoking Alternative

with Oxygen Air Filter, Oral Fixation Relief to Help Curb Cravings, No Nicotine, and Non-Addictive Solution (2 Pack, Menthol)

The Only Smoke-Free & Safe Solution without any Harmful Stuff. The Oxygen Breather is nicotine-free, refreshing, relaxing & relieving. Simple & Easy to Use and can be Enjoyed Anytime, Anywhere even in airplanes. Including in all Non-Smoking Areas.


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Public Health England showed what works in terms of stopping smoking

NHS Smokefree is aimed at helping you quit smoking

Cancer Research UL have a section on stopping smoking

Hold My Light offer a four step plan to give up, with support and an app

The British Lung Foundation have a section on stopping smoking, but also have a lot of other information about how we can keep our lungs healthy

Download the Adult smoking habits in the UK: 2019 report

Stuff you might want regarding smoking

Now you’ve read about smoking you might want to make a bit of a statement.  Have a look at some stuff below we think has some humour value!  We may make pennies on commission, but that’s not the point really.  Click on the image to see more details.

Quit Smoking Gift Stop Smoke Free T-Shirt

In many colours and sizes

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quit smoking tee shirt

Proud Quitter – Quit Smoking T-Shirt

In many colours and sizes

This graphic is the perfect for someone who recently quit smoking cigarettes.
Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem

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quit smoking tee shirt

I Quit Smoking Wow What Funny Novelty 11oz Mug

11oz Mug
Hand Printed in the UK
Highest Quality in the Market
Microwave & dishwasher safe

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quit smoking mug

Dorothy Spring Never Quit You Can Do It Inspirational Quote Plaque Metal Sign Perfect Gift Size 15x20cm

Length: 20cm / 7.9inch | Width: 15cm / 5.9 inch
Metal Wire Included / Easy Hanging
Perfect gift 
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sign

Nicotinell Nicotine Patch

Quit Smoking Aid Step 1, 24 Hour Patch, 21 mg, Pack of 7

Why Nicotinell: Nicotinell nicotine patch helps to quit smoking by relieving five withdrawal symptoms of quitting- anxiety, frustration, restlessness, irritability and cravings

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Nicotine patches

The 15 Minute Guide to Quit Smoking: How To Stop Smoking

A No-Nonsense Guide That Doesn’t Waste Your Time! Paperback

• Allows you to find and read only what’s relevant to you in 15 minutes or less.
• Simplifies quitting smoking. Is quick and easy to read and understand—to make quitting smoking quicker and easier.
• Doesn’t rely on a one-size-fits-all-type-of-advice approach. Takes into account how different people have different needs. And how some will find it harder to quit smoking than others.

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quit smoking book

Quit Smoking:

The Easy Escape From Nicotine Dependance To Restore Your Health

Finally A Sure And Proven Way To Quit Smoking While Saving Money And Creating Lasting Change

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quit smoking self help book

Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Quit Smoking

This book is the most up-to-date, cutting-edge, best-practice version of Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking method that will not only set you free from smoking but will also ensure that you find it easy and even enjoyable to quit.

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Allen Carr quit smoking

Quit Smoking Today Without Gaining Weight

Paul McKenna, PhD, has developed a breakthrough system to help people quit smoking. 97% of people who use it do NOT gain any weight when they quit smoking. Already an international bestseller, this book and hypnosis CD has helped people all over the world to change their lives.

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Paul McKenna quit smoking

Health domains

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We break down the overall concept of health or wellness into ‘bite-sized chunks’ that we can actually do something about.  The first level we call health domains.

We like the Life of Wellness site and we have chosen the following domains.

1. Emotional Wellness: Awareness and acceptance of feelings
2. Spiritual Wellness: A search for meaning and purpose
3. Intellectual Wellness: Recognition of your creativity, knowledge and skills
4. Physical Wellness: Need for physical activity and balanced nutrition
5. Environmental Wellness: Positive awareness and impact on your environment
6. Financial Wellness: Debt reduction, cash flow balance or financial future planning
7. Occupational Wellness: Personal achievement and enrichment from your career
8. Social Wellness: Contribution to your community

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Health Areas

Within each domain, we have included a number of health areas. These are specific issues that you can tackle.  Within each health area, e.g. Depression, once you have subscribed we have built additional information and exercises which you can do to help in the area.

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See which domains you should address

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Having established that we use 8 domains, you need to understand which you should concentrate on.

The 8 are:

  • Emotional
  • Environmental
  • Financial
  • Intellectual
  • Occupational
  • Physical
  • Social
  • Spiritual

You can take a questionnaire, which scores you in each domain.  You can decide which domains you are strong in, and which you need to improve.

Another analysis shows which domains you should look at, but also which domains you want to look at.

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A Butterfly Life: 4 Keys to More Happiness, Better Health and Letting Your True Self Shine

Times of change can be a challenge, no doubt! Whether it’s a relationship breakup, job loss, or being diagnosed with a serious health issue. Or you may WANT things to be different, but it feels a little scary or overwhelming. The butterfly reminds us change can be beautiful, even necessary, in order to realize our full potential and live our best life.