It’s that time of the year again, the shops have started stocking Christmas decorations, it’s getting colder and wetter by the day and of course, Stoptober is among us. For anybody who isn’t aware of the Stoptober campaign, it was created in 2012 by Public Health England as an initiative to get thousands of people in the UK to quit smoking for 28 days of October. There is existing research that says if you quit for 28 days, you are 5 times more likely to quit for good. Here at vape.co.uk, surprising to nobody, we’re completely behind the Stoptober campaign as we believe not only in a smoke free UK, but also in the use of e-cigarettes to make that seemingly impossible task a reality for existing smokers. The statistics in the graphics below taken just from England alone are just a few of the reasons we’ll be supporting Stoptober this October. For us, the deaths are too many, the hospital admissions are too many and the effects on society and social relationships is too great for us to sit back and pretend we don’t need to end smoking sooner rather than later. 10 Top Tips to Help You Quit Below we have put together 10 top tips to help you quit this Stoptober and we’re here to help you every step of the way which is why we pledge that you can email our team for help, tips guidance or even just a motivational few words 24/7 over all the 28 days of October – [email protected]. We’ll also be posting daily motivation on our social media channels should you need the help, we can’t promise you it’ll be what you want to hear but we do promise it will help you quit. Download the NHS Stoptober app. You can find daily motivation, tips and guidance to keep you away from cigarettes this Stoptober. You can find the link to do so here. Tell your friends, your family, your neighbour’s dog and share it on your social media profiles that you’ll be quitting. Telling people forces us to apply pressure to ourselves, you’re more likely to quit if you have pressure to do so from other people in your life. Use an e-cigarette to replicate your cigarettes. If you don’t have one – we have an awesome offer for first time vapers that can be found here. Exercise – Not only is exercising fantastic for you anyway, it helps you to stop the urge to smoke by keeping you distracted. Avoid your routine triggers – You might want to smoke after eating, or on your walk to work, it is important to plan accordingly and keep yourself distracted during these times. Change your phone background. It sounds silly, but how much do you check your phone? Changing your mobile phone background to a statistic like the ones above, or a motivational message can help as a constant reminder of your 28 day challenge. Avoid alcohol – Alcohol can be a significant trigger in smoking, many people that quit smoking do so successfully when they haven’t drunk alcohol, but the urge returns when they are drinking, often due to their social groups and interactions. Reward Yourself – Segment the month into blocks and reward yourself each milestone, for example 10 days, 20 days and 28 days. Equally, set yourself a reward for when you complete the first 28 days, something you desire to motivate you to succeed. Eat Well – A well balanced diet can go a long way when it comes to quitting smoking, eating the right things not only so you feel better in yourself but also using eating properly to fill the void of nicotine in your body is a huge help. Your body will work hard to clear the toxins from your system so eating well will help counteract this. Drink Plenty of water – It is possible you will feel dizzy or dehydrated when you quit smoking so drinking plenty of water can help to reduce the dizziness and act as a filler for smoking in the first few week. Equally, drinking lots of water can help aid the flushing out of toxins from your body. Follow us on social media for daily motivation and great offers to help you quit this #stoptober.