20 October 2017

Stoptober - Can You Quit Smoking For One Month?

Smoking... It's something that people used to find 'cool' and I'm sure almost everybody has tried it at least once. As we are well aware now though, smoking is not cool. Smoking is harmful, very harmful.

Every year I see Stoptober come by and see how much this one month can help so many people. In fact, more than 1 million people have quit thanks to Stoptober, and that's amazing!

What is Stoptober?
Stoptober is a Public Health England campaign that challenges smokers to give up cigarettes for 28 days during the month of October. The premise is that after abstaining for this period of time, individuals are five times more likely to quit smoking permanently.

5 times more likely to quit, just by stopping for one month! And how will quitting help you?

You'll Feel Healthier
No matter how long you've smoked for, quitting can help improve your health straightaway. Within 2 weeks you'll have more energy, and you'll also get a boost to your immune system. It can improve fertility and slow facial ageing. 

Cashing In
You'll have much more cash in your pocket. If you smoke a packet a day, you could save around £250 each month - Nuff' said!

Protect your family
Breathing in secondhand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer, heart disease and stroke. In children, it doubles the risk of getting chest illnesses, including pneumonia, ear infections, wheezing and asthma. They also have three times the risk of getting lung cancer in later life compared with children who live with non-smokers.

Ways To Help You Stop
There are many ways to help you stop smoking. From nicotine replacement therapies – like patches, gum and inhalers – to prescription tablets. Plus there are loads of options to help with cravings. 

E-cigarettes are a great way to help combat nicotine cravings and carry a fraction of the risk of cigarettes. You can easily pick up an e cigarette starter kit and off you go. You're still using your hands to do the smoking action and still inhaling the same, it's just not a cigarette. 

So, which ever way you decide to quit, just give Stoptober a go and see if you can quit for a month. That way you're 5 times more likely to quit!

4 comments:

  1. My husband quit for almost 2 years and then started again. I was gutted and a year later he is still smoking. He needs to give up for health reasons :(

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  2. YES
    A desire to stop is the key
    There really is no easy way
    Encouragement helps too
    By putting a positive spin on the benefits rather than all the negatives works too

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  3. I'm afraid I can't stop - It is the only bad habit I have though. I eat healthily and keep relatively fit, but I can't stop....

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  4. Best way is to keep yourself distracted

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