Are you taking part in Stoptober or Swaptober this year? If not, it’s not too late to get involved and make the decision to quit for good.
I smoked for a few years, roughly from the age of 18 to 24. For me it was a social thing, everyone would be outside smoking on breaks from work etc and it became a habit. I made the decision to stop smoking when I felt it was starting to affect my health. I was finding exercise more difficult, I was coughing a lot and it stopped being something I enjoyed. I didn’t know about Stoptober when I decided to quit and went cold turkey – vaping wasn’t really a thing then. I’m so glad I made the decision to stop and can’t imagine ever smoking again, but I know it’s not the same for everyone. It can be extremely difficult to quit, especially if you have been smoking for a long period of time.
The good news is there’s a lot of help and advice out there which will keep you on the right track. I have shared 5 tips to help you quit smoking for good below. I hope you find the advice useful on your journey.
Ask for support
It’s important to have support when you make the decision to stop smoking. Let those close to you know that you have decided to stop so they can encourage you and support you on your journey. There are other support networks available to help you, this includes services online such as the NHS Stoptober website where you can find help and advice on everything to do with stopping smoking.
Remind yourself of the benefits
There are several benefits to quitting smoking or switching to vaping. The main benefits of quitting are to your health, but it will also save you money and your family and friends won’t be subjected to secondhand smoke. Why not write the benefits down and put them somewhere you will see them regularly to remind yourself why you’re quitting, you could put it on your fridge as a reminder. There are also benefits to switching from tobacco to vaping which includes health benefits with e-cigarettes being less harmful than tobacco and you will save money compared to buying cigarettes too. A good visual reminder is to save the money you would have spent on cigarettes in a glass jar where you can see how much money you have saved – it soon adds up.
Switch to Vaping
If you choose to switch from traditional cigarettes to e-cigarettes then you’re not alone. Many people choose to switch to vaping because it’s the better choice when compared to traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes contain nicotine but don’t contain the harmful tar or carbon monoxide that’s in tobacco. E-cigs have also been shown to have a high success rate of helping people stop smoking when combined with support from stop smoking services.
Get rid of temptation
When you decide to quit smoking the last thing you want is a constant reminder or temptation. The day before you quit collect all of your ashtrays, lighters, cigarettes and other related items and throw them away so they aren’t a constant reminder. If other family members smoke ask them to smoke away from you where possible so you won’t be confronted by it constantly.
Break the habit
One of the hardest things when it comes to quitting is trying to find something else to do with your time when you would normally have a cigarette. This could be when you would be on your break at work, with your morning cuppa or when socialising with friends. Breaking the habit of a lifetime isn’t easy but there are things you can do to help. Instead of going for a cigarette on your break why not go for a walk, swap your morning cuppa which you associate with smoking for another drink you enjoy such as fresh orange and when out with friends don’t be tempted to go with them when they have a cigarette.
I would love to know if you are taking part in Stoptober or Swaptober?