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    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 Smoking 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.

    Hover over or click on the boxes below to find out more about the most common methods and tools for quitting smoking.

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    Going Cold Turkey

    Some smokers might opt to completely cut out cigarettes without the help of any nicotine or devices. This is a pretty hardcore way to do it and takes a lot of willpower but is the best advised method by healthcare professionals.

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    Nicotine Patches

    Nicotine patches release nicotine which is then absorbed through the skin. This isn't the fastest way to get a nicotine hit but will help to stave off cravings. They don't, however, satisfy the habitual nature of smoking, which some smokers may struggle with.

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    Nicotine Gum

    Nicotine is released into the saliva and 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.

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    Nicotine Inhalers

    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.

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    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 or cartridge is filled with 'e-liquid', otherwise known as 'vape juice'. This liquid 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 provide a similar sensation to inhaling and exhaling smoke, producing vapour in different volumes depending on the type of device. E-liquids and refills can be purchased in a wide array of flavours and can contain a maximum of 20mg of nicotine, or even no nicotine at all.

    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

    One of the first things you can do is to remove all smoking paraphernalia from your home, car, bags etc.

    Tell your friends & family that you're trying to quit. This support could make the difference between you caving or making the 28 days smoke free.

    Find your local stop smoking service. This is a free service from the NHS which offers one-to-one or group support to help you quit.

    Keep a diary or take note of your health and how you are feeling. Quitting can have a positive effect on your health even after just a few days. 

    Set aside the money you would have spent on cigarettes in a savings account or piggy bank. You'll soon see your savings grow and money is a great motivator!

    Don't put too much pressure on yourself. Many smokers worry about putting on weight when they quit smoking. Follow the other tips and make sure you're prepared. That way you'll be less likely to replace smoking with other unhealthy habits.

    Be prepared! If you are using a nicotine replacement tool, make sure you stock up and always have them to hand.

    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 2021, 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 switch from cigarettes.

    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

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