A key date on the calendar for smokers everywhere lies in October. For many, the month is a perfect opportunity to put your pack down for a couple of weeks, make a positive change to your smoking habits, or maybe even grind out your final cigarette and quit altogether. But what exactly is so special about the stop smoking campaign and how can you take part?
What is Stoptober
First launched in 2012, Stoptober is an NHS-backed health drive that asks participants to quit smoking for 28 days. The length of time is based on research that found if smokers are able to hold off for four weeks, they were much more likely to experience most of the health benefits that come from temporarily quitting and make stopping permanent. To date, Stoptober has helped over a million smokers quit. This has been so successful due to a massive publicity drive and a wealth of digital materials that make it easy to educate people about the process. We at VSAVI understand the importance of Stoptober and are honoured to be a part of helping our customers quit or improve their smoking habits. All our team thoroughly encourage all our customers to give cessation a go over the month and support friends and co-workers who are doing the same. But, sadly, it’s not easy. For some, this can be as simple as having the willpower to stop with no assistance. Others may need a little help and – as the British Lung Foundation points out - e cigarettes are: “more tightly regulated than ever before to assure their safety and quality”, making them a helpful part of the journey for many participants. So, if you’re keen – what’s next?
What should I do?
If you’re interested in taking part in Stoptober, there’s no better time to throw yourself in. Here are some top tips to make the experience worthwhile and truly stick. Starting with-
Just taking part: Giving Stoptober a go is as easy as throwing your last pack of smokes in the bin. Well…in theory. Picking up the Stoptober app on Android and iPhone is a great first port of call and can help track your progress over the 28 days.
Easing off the ramp: Stopping cold turkey can not only be difficult but be deeply unadvisable. The first few weeks without cigarettes are amongst the hardest and picking up a vape with nicotine salts can help take the edge off those early, gnawing cravings. While these are in no way guaranteed to help break the habit of smoking, they can be of help when your willpower is truly tested. In addition, many of our devices are highly customisable - letting you find the setting that best emulates your smoking experience or find a new flavour of choice.
Reassessing your use:Taking a break from smoking or vaping can be a fantastic opportunity to not only figure out how to quit but give perspective on where you can cut back. We always encourage our customers to be informed and honest when it comes to using our products. If you want to change to weaker infused products or reduce your consumption, we’re behind you every step of the way. We would encourage you to use Stoptober to reflect on what needs to change with your habit – whether it’s finding out that vaping helps with your cravings or if your happier quitting entirely. If you have any questions or queries, our in house team are more than happy to help you find the right product for your unique needs.