You can’t help but to have heard about Stoptober, the national stop smoking month. Whether it’s the adverts on the telly, posts on Facebook and Twitter, or promotional events by your stop smoking service, there is no doubt that it is on the horizon.
On 1st October, smokers across the country are taking the plunge and committing to being smoke free for the whole month, taking the opportunity to give their smoke free journey a kick start. Did you know that by joining others during Stoptober, you are five times as likely to quit and stay quit?
As a stop smoking adviser, I see people from all walks of life with a wide range of motivations to give up smoking. Health can be a major factor; whether it’s a current diagnosis or a family history of certain health conditions, or even just an understanding of how damaging smoking is to health. Others might want to feel the benefit in their pocket and have more spare cash to spend on the things they really want – it’s amazing how it adds up once you quit!
For some, it’s the non-smoker lifestyle that they crave: not wanting to smell of smoke or have discoloured fingers, not wanting to be tied to their habit and feeling the need to nip out every so often for a quick cig. Whatever the motivation, there is no better time to join 1000s of others taking that first step on the road to being smoke free.
Throughout Stoptober, Stop4Life will be sharing useful tips and advice here, and if you want to kick start your journey, you can set your date and join others on Puffell – your FREE space to set goals and track your success.
Sue Melville, Stop Smoking Adviser, Stop4Life (0800 612 4580 / firstname.lastname@example.org)