Stoptober

Did you know

  • 7 million people die each year as result of direct tobacco use 
  • 1.2 million non-smokers die each year as a result of being exposed to second-hand smoke.
  • Waterpipe tobacco use is damaging to health in similar ways to cigarette tobacco use.
  • E-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, but do contain nicotine which is highly addictive and are harmful to health – especially for children and adolescents. However, it is too early to provide a clear answer on the long-term impacts of using them or being exposed to them.
  • E-cigarettes are far less harmful than smoking cigarettes and can help you quit – it’s a tool to help you quit, not a replacement for smoking cigarettes.

To stop smoking you need support, without it you are more likely to fail or start smoking again. That is why Stoptober encourage as many smokers as possible to prepare to quit from 1 October by taking part in the campaign and utilising the range of free resources and support available.

Launched in 2012, Stoptober is the 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England that encourages and supports smokers across England towards quitting for good. Stoptober is based on the insight that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to be able to stay quit for good. The campaign chunks down the quitting process, presents it as a more manageable 28 days and rallies people around a specific date to get started.

Public Health England

NHS One You have a page dedicated to quitting smoking with some helpful tips, an app to keep track of your progress and how much money you are saving and support and advice. Find the page here: NHS – Quit Smoking and begin your journey to a smoke free life.

Have you tried to quit before, but not quite been able to kick the habit?
Don’t worry; you’re not alone! Nicotine is highly addictive, which makes smoking a tough habit to stop. But with help and support you can do it!

Quitting tips by the NHS:

  1. List your reasons to quit.
  2. Tell people you’re quitting.
  3. If you have tried to quit before, remember what worked.
  4. Use stop smoking aids.
  5. Have a plan if you are tempted to smoke.
  6. List your smoking triggers and how to avoid them.
  7. Keep cravings at bay by keeping busy.
  8. Exercise away the urge.
  9. Join the Facebook group for support and advice.
  10. Throw away all your cigarettes before you start. Remember, there is never “just 1 cigarette”. You can do it!

Books to help you on the way

Did you know we have books to support and help you quit smoking? You can reserve your copy today for a small fee, or try one of the eBook versions directly on your phone or tablet.

Stop smoking now: the survival guide
by Josephine Spire

Studies show that few people understand the specific health risks of tobacco use. Many smokers who are aware of the dangers of smoking want to quit but are deep into addiction. Why do they carry on smoking? Is it because they are too deeply addicted, is it because the habit is no longer controllable, or is it the brainwashing that is sabotaging their ability to stop smoking? The purpose of this book is simply to help people to use the powers that they already possess to quit smoking and become a non-smoker for good.

Quit smoking boot camp : the fast track to quitting smoking again…for good
by Allen Carr

Short of time? Or have you stopped smoking and found it hard to stay stopped? If so, then this is the book for you. ‘Quit Smoking Boot Camp’ is a revolutionary and concise version of the Easyway method, delivered in short, dramatic chunks to help you quit smoking and transform your life in the easiest way possible. Just obey all the instructions. It’s recommended that you read this book over four days – start on a Tuesday, finish on a Friday – and it’s divided into four bite-sized sections to help you do so. Change your mindset overnight and stop smoking immediately and painlessly.

How to quit smoking : the ultimate smokefree formula
by Professor Robert West with Chris Smyth and Jamie West

This book shows how you can create your personal SmokeFree Formula so that you are free from cigarettes for good. Professor Robert West is a world authority on smoking and addiction and has been helping smokers stop for more than 30 years. He is an advisor to the Department of Health and helped set up the NHS Stop Smoking Services.

Stop smoking with CBT: the most powerful way to beat your addiction
by Dr Max Pemberton

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is widely recognised as the most effective treatment for overcoming addiction. This book draws explicitly on this set of mind-training tools to help you stop smoking once and for all.

Allen Carr’s easy way to stop smoking: be a happy non-smoker for the rest of your life
by Allen Carr

Allen Carr’s cigarette addiction drove him to despair, but, after countless attempts to quit, he eventually kicked the habit. This book offers a complete system to allow smokers to finish that last cigarette and quit for good.

How to stop smoking: 30 solutions to suit you
by Matthew Aldrich

‘How To Stop Smoking’ offers anyone who wants to stop honest, balanced and trustworthy advice on how to kick the habit – forever. Written by a former smoker, now personal trainer and health guru, this is a practical guide which demolishes all the reasons for continuing to smoke one by one. It offers a variety of solutions to suit you, and also focuses on such key issues as physical and mental addiction and the questions and issues that surround giving up, and prevent people from doing so.

The illustrated easy way for women to stop smoking: a liberating guide to a smoke-free future
by Allen Carr

This guide examines the differences and difficulties experienced by women trying to stop smoking and engages the reader in a personal consultation, offering specific targeted advice on how to resolve the issues behind smoking.

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