Quit smoking in Spain in 2024 by using this technique

Quit smoking in Spain in 2024 by using this technique

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

Updated May 2024

New Year's Resolution Quit Smoking tips.

Spain can be a challenging place to stop smoking because so many people in Spain are regular smokers. An estimated 25% of the population of Spain are daily smokers. A problem in Spain is that there's no real stigma attached to smoking. Here smoking still appears to be an acceptable lifestyle choice and even a 'cool' thing to do as part of alaid back Mediterranean lifestyle. This perception of smoking is perhaps what contributes to many young people starting to smoke.

But if you want to quit smoking, then read on because there's a method developed in Spain that might help you - and the founders of this method will contact you directly to give you support.

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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 including airports including in clearly marked no smoking areas The reason, perhaps, that Spain is a little behind the times could be that Spain only emerged from a 40 year military dictatorship in the 1980s. For the first 10 years of democracy maybe everyone was busy partying and catching up with the rest of Europe, so smoking was not a big issue - who knows?

In the new millenium Spain caught up and started looking at tobacco and health and started to raise cigarette prices. That said, cigarettes are still cheaper in Spain than in many other countries.

How much are cigarettes in Spain in 2024.

A packet of 20 cigarettes in Spain costs around €4.50 in 2024. 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 now in line with modern attitudes to prevent smoking, the country still has a way to go to change attitudes. This means that if you want to quit smoking in Spain you will be surrounded by smokers and it will be a challenge to do it by yourself and without support.

Cold Turkey has always been considered 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's a good options to stop smoking in Spain in English. You can start by reading a quit smoking book using the Stepbac method (developed in Barcelona, Spain by ex-smokers.) Or you can contact Stepbac for support and advice. They would love to help you.

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. They might work in the short term, but you will still have the nicotine cravings which mean you are more likely to light a cigarette in the future. Many smokers have quit for months even years using nicotine replacement, but when your body still craves nicotine, then it's too easy to start smoking again. The habits are still in your brain.

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 Quit smoking courses in Barcelona, contact Stepbac on their website.

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Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2024 09:01