These days there are multiple ways people can choose to help them quit smoking, from chewing gum and patches to e-cigarettes and hypnotherapy. However, could the power of group support and the realisation that thousands of others are doing the same thing help smokers quit for good?
At midnight on 30 September over 180,000 smokers threw away remaining cigarettes to take part in Stoptober. The goal of the campaign is to go for 28 days throughout the month of October without smoking.
Research has shown that those who are able to stop smoking for four weeks are five times more likely to stop smoking for good.
Dr Andy McEwen from the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training says moral support has been found to boost chances of quitting for good by up to four times. Last Stoptober 160,000 smokers completed the 28 days without smoking.
To coincide with the campaign a free stop smoking pack is provided containing a 28-day calendar offering advice to help quitters stick to their goals. Words of encouragement and support can also be texted to participants’ phones or sent via email to help them stay on track.
Dr McEwen says the first few days are often the hardest as your body will experience withdrawal symptoms, however the body repairs itself very quickly:
- After 24 hours without smoking your carbon monoxide levels drop, your lungs start to clear out mucus and your chance of having a heart attack decreases.
- One week without a cigarette will lead to improved skin tone and a nicotine free system.
- After two weeks your lungs will function better, your sense of taste will return and you’ll even notice fewer stains on your fingers.
- After 28 days you should begin to notice an improvement in your levels of fitness and your lung function will continue to get better.
To find out how hypnotherapy could help you this Stoptober, please see our Quit Smoking page.
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