It’s that time of year again: the leaves are falling, the evenings are shorter, Semester One is approaching at a fast pace, and the summer blues are settling in. What better time to make a healthier, happier you by attempting Stoptober?

 

Here are some reasons why you should give it a go, and some handy hints to point you in the right direction for a smoke-free October (and maybe more):

What is Stoptober?

Stoptober is a campaign lead by Public Health England, which challenges smokers to ditch the cigarettes for the whole of October, and, as people who stop smoking for this length of time are five times more likely to quit permanently, this could help to kick the habit for life.

Why should you do Stoptober?

1. Health

Quitting smoking can have an immediate impact on your health, as your body begins to heal within 20 minutes of your last cigarette. In the long-term, quitting will help you reduce the chance of dying from diseases such as heart disease, a stroke, chronic bronchitis, and about 13 other kinds of cancer by 90%. Remember: there is no safe amount of cigarette smoke!

2. Impact on Others

Second-hand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer by 24%, so Stoptober could also help you to protect your loved ones from smoke-related diseases. It can also set an example for others and inspire them to quit (and feel very self-important whilst doing so!).

3. Appearance

Say goodbye to the days of stained teeth, yellow fingers and smelly breath as quitting smoking helps to improve your skin, hair and teeth, so you can walk around with a smile that you want people to see.

4. Money

Look forward to rolling in cash, as those who quit smoking can save up to £250 a month! Why not put aside the money you would usually spend on baccy to save up for something nice like a holiday instead?

What you can do

1. Get the Stoptober App

2. Get an E-cig

3. Follow #Stoptober on Twitter

4. Make a plan, and think ahead about which times might be difficult and when you crave them the most (e.g. a party or when you're stressed)

5. Change your routine (for example, have some chewing gum after mealtimes instead of a cigarette)

6. Get support from friends and family, or call the NHS Smokefree Helpline on 0300 1231044

Burning cigarette with 'your life!!' written on it

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