This October, challenge yourself to stop smoking completely and for good. Join Yorkshire Cancer Research’s Stoptober 2018 campaign.
To help motivate you on your journey to becoming smoke-free, you can create a Stoptober fundraising page where friends and family can donate to Yorkshire’s very own cancer charity in support of you.
What is Stoptober?
Stoptober uses the month of October as a starting point for those who’ve been thinking about giving up smoking. During the month, you’ll find lots of extra resources on the official Stoptober website. You can download the Stoptober app to help you along, find information on how to get nicotine replacement therapy products like patches and gum on prescription and read lots of helpful stories from those who’ve successfully stopped smoking during Stoptober. So if you’re looking for that final push to quit, this campaign could provide the very support you need.
Making the choice to smoke is extremely dangerous to your health. As well as causing 7 out of 10 lung cancers, cigarettes are responsible for 16 different types of cancer, including almost half of bladder cancers and one in five liver cancers. It can increase your risk of other health conditions too, including coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
Your decision to stop smoking will also benefit those around you. There is no safe level of second-hand smoke, especially for children who are more vulnerable to its harmful effects.
And, if saving money is your motivation, quitting could leave you a whopping £2,700 a year richer*!
If all of that hasn’t convinced you, it’s worth knowing half of all long-term smokers will die as a result of smoking if they don’t quit.
It’s never too late to quit. Just 20 minutes after you stop, your body will begin to heal the harm caused by smoking over many years.
TOP TIP: Remember you’re up to 4 times more likely to quit successfully if you get support from your local stop smoking service.
What are my options for quitting?
- You can do it alone. This takes a lot of willpower because your body will crave the nicotine found in cigarettes. Over time, however, your body will learn that it will no longer receive nicotine in response to cravings or withdrawal symptoms, and eventually you won’t feel the need for a cigarette. It’s important that you avoid smoking completely – having the odd cigarette will confuse your body and the chance of success will be lower.
- You can quit with the help of your local stop smoking service. Developed by experts and ex-smokers and delivered by professionals, your local Stop Smoking Service provides expert advice, support and encouragement to help you stop smoking for good.
- You can use an alternative form of nicotine, such as gum, patches or e-cigarettes. This can help you manage your withdrawal symptoms by giving you nicotine without the toxic chemicals found in cigarette smoke. By gradually reducing your nicotine intake, you can wean yourself off it altogether.
- Medicines prescribed by your doctor can help. They can reduce cravings, withdrawal symptoms and the effects you feel if you do have a cigarette.
TOP TIP: Don’t be discouraged if you’ve been unsuccessful in the past. It’s normal to try more than once. You’ll have learned valuable lessons from your past experiences, and you’ll be able to use these to help you succeed this time.
Can vaping help?
Vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking according to the latest independent review published by Public Health England in February 2018. The review also says there are no identified health risks to those around you from vaping.
If all the smokers in Yorkshire were to switch to e-cigarettes, thousands of lives could be saved. If you’ve had no luck with patches and gum, why not try e-cigarettes? They could be the key to your success.
TOP TIP: Remember to ask for help. Speak to the people that are close to you about how they can support you in being smoke free.
How do I sign up?
If you’re ready to quit and would like to support Yorkshire Cancer Research as you take on the challenge, visit http://www.everydayhero.co.uk/event/Stoptober2018 and follow the simple steps to create your Stoptober 2018 Everyday Hero page. Once set up, you’ll be able to share the link of your page with your friends and family.
- ‘Be Smoke Free: Your Guide to Quitting’ 2018; One You Leeds; Leeds City Council
* Based on statistics of a smoker who smokes 20 a day of standard sized cigarettes costing £7.35.