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If you’re searching for tips on how to cope without smoking on long haul flights, we’ve got the answer. With a little help from the experts at Boots, we’ve put together a guide on how to last long distances without your lighter – so you don’t have to miss out on fantastic far-flung escapes. Take a look at the top 7 ways to overcome your fear of flying and you're sure to feel more at ease! 

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If there’s a distant destination you’ve always dreamt of visiting, don’t let your smoking habit stop you. Get expert support as far in advance of your holiday as possible, and hopefully, by the time you fly the urge to smoke will be greatly reduced.

There are various Stop Smoking Programs available, including the NHS Stop Smoking Service and the Boots UK Smoke Less Plan. These use a combination of advice, support and smoking control products, and provide a structured approach to stopping smoking.

You can also pick up a free NHS Quit Kit from participating Boots pharmacies. Booking your dream holiday can be a great incentive to start a program and kick the habit for good!


There are lots of smoking control products available that can help to curb those nicotine cravings. Patches are available in various strengths and can be worn under clothes so that they’re not at all noticeable, whereas nicotine gum, lozenges and spray are taken orally and will give the user something else to do with their mouth other than drawing on a cigarette. Nicotine inhalers have the added benefit of being handheld and inhaled, like a cigarette, which is an action many smokers miss when trying to quit.

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All of the above smoking control products are available in the Boots NicAssist range, and when you sign up to the Boots UK Smoke Less Plan you’re able to switch between types of nicotine replacement therapy to find the one that suits you best, using the unique nicotine exchange service.

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In addition to packing smoking control products in your hand luggage, there are a few other tips you can try that may help fight that nicotine fix.

Avoid Alcohol

It’s common for travellers to indulge in a tipple or two at the airport or on-board their flight to mark the start of their sunny holiday, but if you’re a smoker this is probably the last thing you want to do. Alcohol and smoking can often go hand-in-hand and cravings for a cigarette can become worse once you’ve had a drink – it’s best to stick to the soft stuff if you want to keep the cravings to a minimum.

Swap Smoking For Snacks

Keeping your hands and mouth occupied is often the key to cutting down unwanted cravings. Hard-boiled sweets, mints or toffees are good choices as they take a while to suck on or chew – regular or nicotine gum is also a good option. 

Pick It Up

Find something you enjoy doing that you can pick up and put down at a moment’s notice - sort of like a portable hobby – and keep it in your hand luggage during the flight. Whether it’s a good novel, puzzle book or video game, keeping yourself entertained during a long flight means your mind is engaged and your hands are busy!

Have A Nap

Feeling anxious can make the urge to smoke stronger, so it’s important to find other ways to relax while up in the air – and what better way is there to relax than taking a nap? Whether you take a pillow, don an eye mask or listen to calming music, snoozing through your long journey is sure to send any cravings on their way – so put on your comfies (preferably not pajamas) and take a trip to the land of nod.


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An amazing holiday is the ultimate reward, but it can help to think specifically about the fantastic things you have planned in your destination. Always dreamt of swimming with dolphins or taking a helicopter ride? Why not make this the holiday that those dreams come true? It might also be helpful to have a little reward in mind for at the end of the return journey home, to battle the end of holiday blues as well as those nicotine cravings.


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