Stoptober : How Was It For You?
Updated: Jan 3
It is the last day of October tomorrow and the final day of this years ‘Stoptober’ campaign by NHS Smokefree.
WHAT IS STOPTOBER?
Many smokers are aware of Stoptober but for those of you who are not, Stoptober is a Public Health England campaign challenging smokers to give up cigarettes during the month of October. This brings about benefits for the person who stops smoking for this time, and for those around them. The idea is also that after being abstinent for this amount of time, individuals are five times more likely to quit smoking permanently (Molloy, 2014).
POSITIVE CHANGE HYPNOTHERAPY BOLTON
As a clinical hypnotherapist who works with many clients to finally quit smoking for good, I am supportive of the Stoptober campaign.
Any way that smokers find to give up cigarettes is to be commended, because as many people are aware, significant health risks are associated with smoking.
HEALTH RISKS OF SMOKING
Smoking increases the risk of developing over fifty serious health conditions. 90% of lung cancers are caused by smoking, and it also increases the chances of developing cancers in ten other body areas. Smoking also damages the heart, blood circulation and lungs, causing conditions such as coronary heart disease, heart attack, stroke, peripheral vascular disease (damaged blood vessels, cerebrovascular disease (damaged arteries that supply blood to your brain), chronic bronchitis (infection of the main airways in the lungs), emphysema, (damage to the small airways in the lungs), and pneumonia (inflammation in the lungs) (NHS, 2015).
Smoking also increases the risk of these health conditions in those who breathe in secondhand smoke, with babies and infants being especially vulnerable. It also carries risks to both a pregnant mother and her unborn child such as miscarriage, premature (early) birth, a low birth weight baby, stillbirth (NHS, 2015).
BENEFITS FOR YOU OF STOPING SMOKING
This also means that there are many benefits of giving up smoking.
HEALTH BENEFITS FOR YOU
Becoming a non-smoker reduces the health risks from your former smoking habit over time, for example, risk of heart attack is the same as someone who has never smoked after 15 years of being a non-smoker, and the risk of lung cancer after 10 years as a non-smoker is half that of someone who continues to smoke.
There are immediate health benefits too as the lungs start to clear out mucous and other smoking related debris after just 24 hours as a non-smoker (NHS, 2015b).
Your breathing and general fitness will also improve (NHS, 2015b).
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR YOU
You will save money. On average, most people who quit save around £150 each month.
That's nearly £2,000 a year going up in smoke. What else could you spend that money on?
The appearance of your skin and teeth will improve (NHS, 2015b).
Your sense of taste will return and you will enjoy the taste of food more (NHS, 2015b).
There are social advantages because you won't smell of stale smoke any more or have to go outside for a cigarette or loiter outside of places smoking before going indoors somewhere you can’t smoke. Added to that you will find it easier to enjoy indoor events and occasions where it is difficult to go outside or you are there for long periods.
Your fertility levels will improve, along with your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby (NHS, 2015b).
That’s just the benefits for you.
THE BENEFITS FOR OTHERS FROM YOU STOPPING SMOKING
HEALTH BENEFITS FOR OTHERS
Over 80% of Cigarette Smoke is invisible (NHS, 2015c).
So, however careful you think you were being, you will protect the health of those around you by not exposing them to second-hand smoke.
You will protect children by reducing the chances of your children suffering from bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma attacks, meningitis and ear infections (NHS, 2015c).
Children breathing in other people's cigarette smoke results in 300,000 GP visits and 9,500 hospital admissions for children every year.
And it’s not only health…
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR OTHERS
Nearly three quarters of children worry that their mum or dad will die because they smoke (NHS, 2015c).
Children of smokers are three times more likely to smoke when they grow up. By quitting, your children will be less likely to take up smoking (NHS, 2015c).
READY TO QUIT FOR GOOD?
If you …
managed to remain abstinent during Stoptober (well-done!) and want to remain a non-smoker for good, but if you would like some extra help
did not manage to stop during Stoptober but are still interested in finally quitting the smoking habit
are deciding now to become a non-smoker
CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPY AT POSITIVE CHANGE IN BOLTON
CAN HELP YOU
According to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit which was published in New Scientist, hypnotherapy is the most effective way to stop smoking (Matthews, 1992).
Clinical hypnotherapy at Positive Change in Bolton can help you to finally quit whilst you are in the relaxing and pleasant state of hypnosis. Stop smoking therapy is comprehensive, highly focused and tailored for you. Included in the fee is a resource pack with further hypnotherapy sessison on CD, both to assist you in the early days of remaining a non-smoker. You also have access to a follow up hypnotherapy session in person within three months of treatment should you feel this is required, although in my experience this is only rarely. This is a package to help you stop smoking and gain all the benefits this brings for you, your life and others around you. I am completely commited to help you stop smoking.
You will be seen in a private clinic providing a professional environment that is also welcoming, calm and comfortable.
Matthews, R. (1992) How One in Five Have Given Up Smoking. New Scientist. 1845, p6.
Molloy, A. (2014) Stoptober: Everything you need to know about the 28-day smoke-free challenge. The Independent. [online] Thursday 2 October. Available at: <http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/stoptober-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-28-day-smoke-free-challenge-9757755.html> [Accessed 30/10/15].
NHS (2015) What are the health risks of smoking? NHS Choices. [online] Available at: <http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/2344.aspx?CategoryID=53> [Accessed 30/10/15].
NHS (2015b) What happens when you quit? NHS Smokefree. [online] Available at: <http://www.nhs.uk/smokefree/why-quit/what-happens-when-you-quit> [Accessed 30/10/15].
NHS (2015c) Secondhand smoke. NHS Smokefree. [online] Available at: <http://www.nhs.uk/smokefree/why-quit/secondhand-smoke> [Accessed 30/10/15]