Stoptober is national campaign held during the month of October and is a challenge for smokers to quit their potentially chronic habit for 28 days. Supported by an array of celebrities, sports personalities and big-name organizations, Stoptober has great success each year with more and more people finding the motivation to kick their habit. Stuides show that smokers who give up smoking for 4-5 weeks are reportedly more likely to stay smoke-free. This is backed up by the fact that last year alone, over 160,000 people effectively gave up smoking for 28 days in the biggest mass participation smoking challenge ever.
Biggest smoking groups
Recent research revealed that unemployed people are almost twice as likely to smoke as those in work! Moreover, people in their early 20s, those who co-habit with a partner and workers in low paid manual jobs are likely to smoke. So, whether you are employed or unemployed, you can take advatnage of this campaign and try to remain smoke free.
Here are some tips to help you along with your Stoptober challenge...
1. Find a suitable substitute for smoking
Find a replacement for your cigarette. Replace it with an apple or chewing gum or something that you like more than a cigarette. Each time you feel like smoking, put that favorite thing in your mouth.
2. Reduce smoking gradually
It's not necessary for you to stop suddenly in a day. Reduce smoking gradually. You can start by avoiding two, then three, then five and then an entire pack.
Exercise helps people quit smoking. It helps in reducing the urge to smoke. Exercise can be in any form - 10 minutes of walking or cycling is sufficient enough for keeping yourself physically active and reducing the urge to smoke.
4. Read success stories
Everyday several people quit smoking and many people among them write their success stories. Read them. It will help in motivating yourself to quit smoking.
5. Tell people
Tell people around you that you're planning to quit. They'll surely encourage you. Spreading the word will also have a positive impact on others trying to quit.
6. Keep a money box
You can save all the money you spend on cigarette packets, everyday. Keep the change in a box. Each time you remove money from your pocket to buy that one cigarette, don't buy it, instead put that money in a box. Save or donate to a charity of your choice.
7. Throw away your ashtray and lighter
Throw everything that reminds you of smoking - your ashtray, lighter and even cigarettes that you bought before quitting.
8. Reward yourself
Once you have successfully completed a week or a month of smoking - reward yourself. Not with a cigarette, but something else. For instance, reward yourself with a cheesecake, that one blueberry cheesecake that you were craving for months but didn't get time for it. Purchase it with the money that you saved from quitting.
9. Try drugs that can help you quit
There are several prescribed drugs available at various pharmacies that can help you quit smoking. But don't forget to visit a doctor before you do.
10. Cut down on alcohol too
Alcohol is generally preferred with smoking. So stay away from both.