Published on October 15, 2012 | by Josh Ford


Stop smoking for ‘Stoptober’

Image of cigarette but on the floor

Cigarette butt on the ground [By Corscri Daje Tutti]

So it’s ‘Stoptober’ – where smokers are urged to quit smoking for 28 days, and as we all know – it’s hard enough to stop smoking as it is – you’ve tried the nicotine patches, the electric cigarette, the chewing gum and even attempted going cold turkey.

But unfortunately, you’ve ended up back here, so it’s only safe to assume that nothing has worked for you up to this point.

Now that you’ve tried everything – it’s time for some good old fashioned willpower.

“Quitting also makes you look better by improving your skin and teeth and, of course, it helps your finances too.” Maureen Talbot

Should all else fails here are some top tips and reasons as to why you should quit.

Before you ask – yes it probably will be mainly full of the cliché examples: save money, be healthy, think of your loved ones and all that jazz, overall the health benefits associated with giving up are immense.

For this reason people are being urged to give up smoking and the ‘Stoptober’ campaign could help achieve this goal.

The benefits

Everyone wants to look good, no one wants to look in the mirror and see their reflection shaking its head back at them, I’d imagine this would be quite demoralising.

Stubbing out smoking could help you see a new you.

Maureen Talbot, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation said: “The benefits of quitting are enormous: Stopping smoking is the single best thing you can do for your own health as well as those you love and live with.

“Quitting also makes you look better by improving your skin and teeth and, of course, it helps your finances too.”

If up until you read the quote, from an expert may I add, you may have thought I was just talking for the sake of it, now you know the facts.

“They’re not talking about me, I only smoke on social occasions.”

It was even topped off with some emotional blackmail to guilt you into quitting – Great!

Research shows that those who manage to last 28 days without smoking are five times more likely to stay smoke free.

If you are able to last the course without a cigarette, you will also experience physical improvements including: a better sense of smell, taste and you’ll have a lot more energy.

The cigarette companies have now started to print packets displaying the health risks.

However, the truth of the matter is, smoking is still the biggest cause of premature death in England, taking more than 100,000 lives in the UK every year.

Out of all of these deaths, a massive 42,800 are from smoking related cancers, 30,600 from cardiovascular disease and 29,100 people die slowly from emphysema and other chronic lung disease.

The reality

Cigarette box and ash tray with cigarette butts

Cigarette box and ash tray with cigarette butts on a table [By Boeke]

Scary right?

Sure you may think to yourself “They’re not talking about me, I only smoke on social occasions.”But even one cigarette can have detrimental effects on your body as it increases the stiffness of the arteries by 25 per cent.

The direct result of this is higher resistance in the blood vessels, in turn making the heart work harder – raising the risk for heart disease or stroke.

By now you’re probably sick of hearing all of these reasons why you shouldn’t smoke.

You’re probably asking yourself, where I get off trying to break a habit you’ve had since whatever age, and you just want me to give you some top tips you can skim read and basically take no notice of.

But I assure you, stopping is for your own benefit.

Top Tips

So – as promised here are some tips.

  • Be clear on the reason you’d like to quit – what are you trying to change? Do you want to be healthier or save money, or just look better? Once you have some clarity you’re more likely to stick with it.
  • Avoid going cold turkey altogether – it’s recommended that you reduce your nicotine intake slowly, in a controlled way e.g. same forms of nicotine available from the chemist or your GP.
  • Use the money you save not buying cigarettes to treat yourself.
  • Find an activity to take your mind off smoking – something that challenges or engages you is highly likely to divert your mind from thinking about cigarettes, however you should try to avoid getting into something else addictive like alcohol.
  • Make the most of support from family and friends – the encouragement you receive from them while you go through it may be the difference between giving up for good or relapsing.

Now that you are armed with a number of health facts, and tips about how to go about giving up – you’re ready to take on the challenge.

Good Luck!

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