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Reasons for Quitting

Smoking is a prevalent habit in the United Kingdom, but it’s also one of the leading causes of preventable death. If you’re thinking about quitting smoking, here are some reasons why it’s worth considering.



Stress is a major trigger for smoking, and it can lead to anxiety and depression. It’s also a symptom of other health problems, including high blood pressure and heart disease.


Alcohol is a depressant, and it can make you feel more relaxed. Alcohol can also make you feel more confident, social, comfortable and forget about problems. These feelings can be triggers for smoking cravings because they are associated with the pleasurable effects of nicotine in cigarettes.


While relaxing with friends, you will have some that smoke and it’s easy to get triggered by them or even encouraged to smoke.

Reward Mechanism

Sometimes we want to smoke as a way to ‘reward’ ourselves. The best way to overcome a craving is to find something enjoyable to do and do it, as a potential substitute.


Caffeine affects how well your body absorbs nicotine from smoking cigarettes or other products containing tobacco; this makes it harder for smokers who use caffeine regularly when they want to quit smoking altogether.


Deadlines are stressful. Stress can trigger cravings, which in turn can lead to smoking. If you have a deadline, it’s important to fight the urge with other activities.

You can quit smoking too!

We’re here to help everyone that lives and works in Waltham Forest to live healthier lives. Quit Right Waltham Forest is a service to help you quit smoking for good.

Joe McDonnell

Director of Public Health

Waltham Forest Council
Lisa Gilroy
Smoke-free since 2019

Enoch Menseh

Service User

Vernon Maxwell

Smoke-free since 2019

Ken Wheeler

Service User

Treaments Available

We’re here to help

After a specialist consultation with one of our advisors, we can help find a treatment option that is right for you; making it even easier to quit smoking and beat the cravings.


E-cigs are a good alternative to beating smoking cigarettes. Switching from smoking to e-cigarette use (vaping) reduces the risks of smoking by at least 95%.


Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Nicotine replacement therapies (NRT), include patches, gum, lozenges, micro tabs, inhalators and nasal sprays to help you quit smoking.

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