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 2018 is a great time to give up.
Tools to Help You Quit
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.
Click on the sections below to find out more about the most common methods and tools for quitting smoking.
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.
E Cigs 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 huge 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 those who want to replicate the action of smoking.
The Best Way to Quit Smoking
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 2018, 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.
Switch to Vaping
Vaping has become incredibly popular over the last few years. There was a great deal of scepticism initially but now we have lots of evidence to prove that they’re a great option for smokers. In fact, Public Health England declared them 95% safer than cigarettes*.
If you are interested in making the switch to e cigarettes this Stoptober, you’ve come to the right place! Read on to find out more about them then browse our online vape store to choose a kit.
How to Choose a Vape Kit
There are many different types of e cigarette available so if you decide you want to switch to vaping you have a great range of options. Most vape kits fall into one of three categories. These include cigalikes, classic vape kits or vape pens and sub ohm kits.
To find out more about each type of vape kit, hover over or click the images below or read our Blog.
CLASSIC VAPE KITS
Classic vape kits are often pen-shaped, refillable devices. They are well suited to both beginners and more experienced vapers and produce a modest amount of vapour.
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SUB OHM VAPE KITS
Sub ohm vape kits come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are more suited to experienced vapers. They produce bigger clouds of vapour and often have customisable settings.
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Find Out More About Vaping
If you’re completely new to e cigarettes, you may find the following guides from our Vaping for Beginners information hub helpful.