The contents of the quit kit do change, for example a trial of NRT patches used to be included. Recent kits have contained:
Information on stop smoking medication
A "tangle" to keep hands and mind busy
A wall-planner and stickers to track your quitting journey
A quitting planner which helps smokers assess their habits and offers tips on managing cravings
Flash cards that describe what smoking does to your body
A willpower booster that assesses addiction levels and offers top tips to boost willpower
A health and wealth wheel which shows the benefits of quitting on your health and the money you can save
Information on other NHS quitting help
NHS Smokefree also recommends its "Quit App" for the iPhone and computer desktop widgets which give encouraging tips each day as well as telling you how much money you’ve saved so far. If you’re about to give in to the craving for a cigarette, it can link you through to the NHS Stop Smoking Helpline.
If you don’t have a smartphone, the tools are also available online at the Smokefree website. This also offers two relaxing mind and body mp3 tracks.
The NHS says the 10-minute recordings have been scientifically proven to reduce the urge to smoke.
Overall, the NHS says you're more likely to quit with its support. However, research shows few people take up the offer.
In 2010, University College London found that fewer than 5% of smokers use the NHS, even though research shows it is four times more effective than other methods.
Department of Health.
BootsWebMD Health News 9th November 2010, ‘Fewer quit smoking in the recession’.
NCRI Cancer Conference in Liverpool.
Professor Robert West, Clinical interventions to help smokers to stop: latest findings from England.
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