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An important message from Express Chemist

In these unprecedented times due to COVID-19 we are listening to the latest advice from the government and their health specialists. We are continuing to work in these challenging times so that we can serve the needs of our customers.

Please note that we are receiving a particularly high volume of orders, enquiries, telephone calls and emails. With a depleted team we are working exceptionally hard to process orders and respond to customer enquiries. Unfortunately it is currently taking longer to process and dispatch orders than usual, so please allow up to 5 working days for shipment.

Please also note that postal services and couriers are experiencing similar challenges so please allow longer delivery times than usual. We would be grateful if you can be patient and not contact us regarding your order before these times are up so we can reduce the pressure on our customer service team.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Keep well and stay safe.

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Stop Smoking

image Stop Smoking

It's never too late to stop smoking. The health benefits of giving up smoking are innumerable, but it's no easy task. Quitting smoking is very difficult and can seem an impossible challenge at times. However, help is at hand with our comprehensive range of smoking cessation products such as nicotine gum, nicotine patches, nicontine sprays, lozenges and cigarette substitutes to soothe the cravings and ease your body's dependency on nicotine.

If you need help deciding whether to quit smoking or not our reasons to stop smoking section further down the page will give you some helpful pointers. If you need more information, we also have help and advice on how to quit smoking, the health effects of smoking and coping after smoking.

Stop Smoking Brands

Crafe Away
Nicorette
Nicotinell
Nicare
Niquitin
Vega

Smoking Cessation Products

  • Nicotine Gum

    Nicotine Gum

    Our range of nicotine gum comes in a variety of flavours and strengths. Nicotine gum is a quick and fuss-free way of easing nicotine cravings.

  • Nicotine Lozenges & Tablets

    Nicotine Lozenges & Tablets

    Nicotine lozenges and tablets are handy form of nicotine replacement for those who don't want to chew gum. Each lozenge and tablet slowly releases a small dose of nicotine to keep cravings at bay.

  • Nicotine Sprays

    Nicotine Sprays

    Nicotine sprays are a recent addition to our stop smoking range. They are a more direct alternative to the other smoking cessation products and come as nasal sprays and mouth sprays.

  • Supplements to Help Quit

    Supplements to Help Quit

    To help you achieve success we have a range of supplements that can help you overcome cravings and reduce the anxiety experienced with nicotine withdrawal.

Electronic Cigarettes

Smoking Information

  • How to Quit Smoking

    How to Quit Smoking

    Help and practial advice on how to stop smoking. We have information on the options available, tips for quitting and even a handy stop smoking plan.

  • Coping After Smoking

     Coping After Smoking

    Going smoke-free can be a strange feeling. Emotions and feelings will need to be handled in a different way, rather then resorting to smoking to help yourself feel better/cope.

  • The Health Effects of Smoking

    The Health Effects of Smoking

    We're told time and time again that smoking is bad, but sometimes were aren't told the exact reasons why. We have in-depth information on the effects smoking has on your body and your health.

Reasons to Stop Smoking

Here are a list of many reasons why it might be a good idea to give up, especially if you need an extra push to make the decision.

The effects of smoking

As you breathe in smoke, the amount of oxygen in your blood decreases. Your oxygen deprived heart has to work harder and faster to provide essential organs with enough blood. Breathing patterns are altered by nicotine present in the blood stream. As smoke's inhaled, delicate tissues in the wind pipe and mouth causes irritation. The mucus cough that develops after smoking is potentially quite damaging to the lungs. To find out more, take a look here at how smoking affects you.

Smokings related illnesses & diseases

There are all sorts of consequences to smoking. Smoking may lead to heart conditions, high blood pressure, lung cancer and stroke. It can also cause infertility, digestive disorders, weak immunity and trigger conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, poor oral hygiene and impotence. Some conditions are reversible, others are not.
Find out more about the problems smoking can cause by clicking here...

Passive smoking

Second had smoke contains thousands of harmful chemicals. With friends and family present, they may inhale your second hand smoke. With the smoking ban in place, passive smoking is less of a risk in public buildings and eating establishments. However, smoking in the confined space of home, increases the chance of damage caused by passive smoking. In particular, children are more vulnerable to these effects of smoke as their bodies are still developing.

Your health is important to others

If your health and smoking is concerning others, it's important to listen to them and take on board what their worries are. Are you aware of how your smoking affects the people around you? Passive smoking is an obvious example. Also, your coughing or restless sleep may disturb your partner every night. Do people around you mind the smell of tobacco on you or of stale cigarettes on your breath?

Giving up smoking can be an inspiration to others. It shows discipline, commitment, courage and dedication. It is a fantastic feeling to know you have achieved what you set out to do and show others how it can be done. By quitting, you can earn respect from friends and family members which should leave a good impression on them (particularly children). Choosing to give up with another smoker is an excellent way to keep each other motivated and spurred on. By becoming a successful non-smoker, others who may want to follow your example may want to ask for your advice and support along their journey.

Starting a family

There are lots of reasons for needing to give up if you are planning to have a baby:
  • Long term smoking can cause infertility and impotence in men. Continued exposure to the toxins in smoke is may be harmful to women's ovaries as it's thought to cause abnormalities as ovaries develop.
  • During pregnancy, smoking should be avoided. Nicotine in the mother's blood transfers into the placenta and has been found in the umbilical cord and amniotic fluid.
  • Traces of nicotine will present in breast milk of a regular smoker. Breast feeding mothers will be providing their baby with nicotine.
  • A young child's brain intakes and learns more information at a faster rate than an adult. This means they are very impressionable. Children enjoy pretending to be "grown up", mimicking what mum and dad do. If they witness regular smoking, they will probably pretend to do it too and even presume it's not such a bad thing.

Low energy levels

Smoking prevents as much oxygen from entering the body. An oxygen deprived body will feel weaker due to muscles not receiving as much oxygen. Sleep patterns are affected too. Firstly because nicotine is a stimulant and it can be hard to drift off to sleep or stay asleep. Also, cravings may wake you in the night which disrupts the chance to have a deep sleep. Constant coughing also becomes a disturbance throughout the night. By not getting a good nights sleep makes getting out of bed in the morning difficult and depletes energy levels even further.
After a number of weeks having given up smoking, you will feel less lethargic, tired and irritable.

Improve your appearance

Cigarette smoke contains harsh chemicals that dry out and damage the skin. Cigarette smoke constricts the blood vessels and capillaries, decreasing blood flow and oxygen to the skin. Vitamin E and Vitamin A (natural antioxidants) in the skin decreases with smoking. All these elements contribute towards conditions such as Dryness, Eczema and Dermatitis, Dandruff, Grey/dull and dehydrated skin and premature ageing & wrinkles.
Smoking will stain teeth and fingers if you're not careful. The tar in the smoke will leave a yellow/brown residue behind. Also, stale smoke does not smell pleasant on the breath or body. Other oral conditions may occur such as Gum Disease and Dry Mouth.

Other good reasons to stop smoking

  • By cutting down you will improve your sense of taste and smell. No longer will you have to over season your food to make it taste palatable.
  • It saves money!! Look at it this way; An average pack of 20 coasts about £5.50. If it takes 2 days to smoke it, in a month it would cost you about £82.50. In 1 year that's about £990 spent on smoking. That example is not even considered to be a heavy quantity.
  • Smoking is a fire hazard. Chemicals in cigarettes keep it burning. This is dangerous if a cigarette comes into contact with fabric or other flammable material. Rolling tobacco is usually loosely packed by the smoker. Whilst a handmade cigarette is being smoked, loose burning tobacco can drop from the smoking end and land anywhere.

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