However, “it’s never too late to stop”, the NHS says. The health body states “a craving can last five minutes”.
To help give up the bad habit for life, it’s suggested that smokers make a list of five-minute strategies to keep you occupied.
There’s also support available from your local stop smoking service – their helpline is 0300 123 1044.
The helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm, and on the weekends it’s open from 11am to 4pm.