Over the years there seem to be more and more campaigns to help raise awareness of various health concerns, but one that has stood the test of time is Stoptober. A campaign from the Department of Health, Stoptober challenges smokers to quit for 28 days during the month of October.
This year it is expected that over 150,000 people will try to kick their habit, starting tomorrow – the 1st of October. Currently a staggering 79,000 deaths every year are attributed to smoking but despite these risks, many smokers still struggle to quit. There are many tools available to help you quit smoking, from nicotine replacement therapies and willpower to hypnotherapy and behavioural therapy.
Tips to quit smoking
- Have an action plan for when cravings hit.
- Keep your hands and mouth busy – use straws when you drink or use a nicotine inhalator.
- Get some exercise – exercise has been proven to help the brain reduce anti-craving chemicals.
- Eat well – you may be tempted to replace smoking with sugary foods, but try to take this opportunity to improve your health even more by eating nutritious foods.
- Seek support, either through a support group, online forums or professional support from a hypnotherapist.
The premise behind Stoptober is that if you can refrain from smoking for 28 days you will be five times more likely to quit smoking permanently.
To take part in Stoptober you can register online at www.stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk/ or call 0800 678 3173. Once you have registered you will receive a free toolkit full of posters, leaflets and other promotional goodies to keep you motivated.