Quit smoking Spain and Barcelona


Quit smoking in Barcelona, Spain


How to stop smoking in Spain and how to quit smoking in Barcelona. 

New Year's Resolution Quit Smoking tips.

Spain is a challenging place to stop smoking because so many Spanish people still smoke.

Spain appears to be a little behind the times with regard to smoking with an estimated 25% of the population smoking on a regular basis.

There is no real stigma attached to smoking. in Spain smoking is still seen as an acceptable lifestyle choice and even a 'cool' thing to do which is part of the laid back Mediterranean lifestyle.

This attitude seems to contribute to many young people smoking.

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Smoking is especially noticable on outdoor bar and restaurant terraces in Spain and Barcelona.

Terrace cafe tables are dominated by smokers because smoking is no longer allowed inside bars and restaurants.

So for non-smokers in Barcelona, it is difficult to fully enjoy a coffee or meal outdoors without smoke clouds from time to time.

It might sound strange to northern Europeans and Americans, but actually seen through Spanish eyes things are better than they used to be.

10 years ago it was very common to see people smoking in all public places incluidng airports including in clearly marked no smoking areas

The reason that Spain is a little behind the times is perhaps that Spain only emerged from a 40 year military dictatorship in the 80ies.

So for the first 10 years of democracy everyone was too busy partying to think about quitting smoking.

It was only in the new millenium that Spain got round to looking at tobacco and health and started to raise cigarette prices. That said, cigarettes are still cheaper in Spain than in many other countries. A packet of cigarettes in Spain costs around €4.50 in 2018.

All bars and restaurants have cigarette machines and there are many tobacco shops on shopping streets.

Tourism is a major industry for Spain and perhaps the low cigarette prices combined with a relaxed attitude to smoking attracts European tourists who smoke.

Tourists can smoke in Spain without feeling like plague victims and tourists in Spain can buy cheap cigarettes to take back home. 

So although Spain is catching up with modern attitudes to smoking, it still has a way to go to change attitudes. If you want to quit smoking in Spain while surrounded all the smokers around, it's a challenge to do it by yourself and without help.

Cold Turkey is the best method for quitting smoking, but it's not easy to do by yourself, so we recommend that you get help to quit smoking cold turkey. 

If you are an English speaker then there many good options to get help to stop smoking in Spain in English including several effective methods like the new quit smoking book using the Stepbac® method (developed in Barcelona, Spain)

From 2019 you can sign up forStepbac® intensive 5 hour quit smoking seminars in Barcelona - and other cities in Spain on request.




Here are our top tips about how to stop smoking in Spain:


Stop Smoking Tip 1

Get help. Don’t stop smoking by yourself. Modern research now proves that willpower alone is a not good way or a long term way to quit Smoking Cold Turkey.

But quitting cold turkey is the best way and if you know who to do it then you will not find it as hard as you thinkg. But try reading books like “Stepbac® from Smoking” before you quit cold turkey. 


Stop Smoking Tip 2 

Stop completely by yourself using the cold turkey method. It's better than trying to gradually cut down smoking. A full cold turkey stop is better than cutting back. Modern research shows that cutting down makes stop smoking more painful and you are more likely to start smoking more especially if you cut back but then never stop.

Of course smoking 2 cigarettes a day is better than smoking 20 a day, but don’t fool yourself into thinking you have quit if you only smoke 2 a day.

You are still a smoker. Cutting back is a painful process that will often only be temporary and cause suffering and irritation throughout the day as you pine for the next cigarette. Stopping smoking should be all out and Cold Turkey!

But as we said in Tip 1 – get help to stop smoking in Spain. It’s not easy by yourself, but when you know what and how to stop smoking you will find it much easier. Books like “Stepbac® from Smoking” can help you quit cold turkey.

Stop Smoking Tip 3 

Don’t use nicotine replacement methods like gum or patches to stop smoking. That might work in the very short term, but you will still have the nicotine cravings which mean you are more likely to light a cigarette in the future.

Nicotine is what keeps you addicted to smoking, so taking nicotine in another way, like in gum, is like putting sugar in coffee instead of tea. It’s the same drug.

There are methods to stop smoking without staying hooked on Nicotine.
For more information about Quitting smoking in Spain and Stepbac® Stop smoking courses in Barcelona, contact Stepbac® on their website.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 27 December 2018 10:26