Want to quit smoking? The NHS Stoptober campaign can help you on the road to going smoke free with it's national October stop-smoking campaign, Stoptober.
What is Stoptober?
Stoptober is a national campaign initiated by Public Health England to encourage smokers to ditch the habit. It's inspired by figures that show those who stop smoking for 28 days or more are 5x more likely to quit for good.
The campaign aims to help smokers by raising awareness of the benefits of quitting and the tools that are available to help them go smoke free.
Whether you are looking to quit smoking yourself or support someone you love in giving up, with tonnes of support and helpful resources, Stoptober is a great time to give up.
Methods to Help You Quit for Stoptober
Most smokers know that it's the nicotine in cigarettes that gets you hooked. However, it's also often the social and habitual act of smoking a cigarette which can make quitting harder.
Find out more about the most common methods and tools for quitting smoking below.
Going Cold Turkey
Some smokers might opt to completely cut out cigarettes without the help of any nicotine or devices that mimic the act of smoking. This is a pretty hardcore way to do it and takes a lot of willpower but is the best advised method by healthcare professionals.
Nicotine patches are designed to be stuck onto an arm and release nicotine which is absorbed through the skin. This isn't the fastest way to get a nicotine hit but will help to stave off the cravings. This does however leave a gap where the habitual nature of smoking is concerned which some smokers may struggle with.
Nicotine is released into the saliva and is absorbed by the body via the gum. Some smokers may prefer this to patches as the act of chewing gives them something to do and distracts from the need to go for a smoke.
As the name suggests, these are small plastic inhalers which contain vapourised nicotine. These help with replicating the action of smoking but you don't get the sensation of inhaling and exhaling smoke.
E-Cigarettes & Vaping
E Cigarettes or 'vapes' consist of a battery, a pre-filled or refillable tank or cartridge and an atomiser; the heating element which turns liquid to vapour. The tank is filled with 'e-liquid' which is made from propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, flavourings and, optionally, nicotine. You can find out more about e-liquid and it's ingredients here.
Vaping devices produce vapour in different volumes depending on the type of device and provide a similar sensation to inhaling and exhaling smoke. E-liquids and refills can be purchased in a wide array of flavours and are available in nicotine strengths ranging from 0mg up to 20mg.
E-Cigarettes offer a wide range of options and customisation and are a popular choice for smokers who want to switch to a smoke-free product that replicates the action of smoking.
Tips for Quitting Smoking
The Best Way to Quit Smoking for Stoptober
This depends entirely on the individual. Some people may find that powering through without any nicotine replacement is the best way for them to stop. Others might find that they just need to stave off the nicotine cravings. Some might find it helpful to have a tool that replicates the act of smoking.
If you want take part in Stoptober 2020, head to the NHS Stoptober website for a wealth of information and tips to help you.
Think about your habits and look at the various options available to weigh up which tools you think will work for you. You can always try a few different methods and tools to see what suits you best.
Quitting is always going to take some element of will power, so make sure that you get support from friends and family and really commit yourself to giving up smoking.
How To Make The Switch To Vaping
Vaping has become incredibly popular over the last few years, and Public Health England declare them to be far less harmful than cigarettes. This makes them a viable option for smokers looking to quit.
If you are interested in making the switch to e cigarettes this Stoptober, you've come to the right place! Head to our beginners guide to vaping for a step-by-step guide to getting started.
The Beginners Guide To Vaping