Tobacco smoking is the biggest cause of death worldwide and nicotine is the most physically addictive drug used by man. There are a number of well recognised complications of cigarette smoking including most cancers, heart disease, strokes and upper and lower respiratory tract problems such as worsening asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The health benefits of quitting smoking are immeasurable.
There are a number of medical treatments to help smokers stop including nicotine replacement therapy (Patches, gum and inhaler devices) or Champix which works by reducing craving making smoking less pleasurable. These treatments work most effectively when combined with other forms of psychotherapy such as cognitive behavioural therapy.