Stoptober 2018 - Why Should You Quit Smoking? Read On...
We are less than 3 weeks until the beginning of the annual Public Health England (PHE) stop smoking campaign ‘Stoptober’. The campaign kicks off each year on 1 October and runs for a total of 28 days, coming to a close on 28 October. According to Cancer Research UK, tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the world, responsible for at least 16 different types of cancer. A 28 day window for smokers to abstain was chosen primarily due to the fact past research indicates that those who last the 28 days are then 5 times more likely to quit smoking for good, reaping numerous health benefits from doing so. Evidence also shows that ‘social quitting’ i.e. deciding to quit with others, can help increase the likelihood of quitting for good. The Stoptober campaign is great at offering the support and resources to allow people to achieve this. In fact, there is simply no better time to ditch cigarettes than right now. The packaging alone is off-putting to some after the introduction of plain standardised boxes, quitting success rates have never been higher and e-cigarettes – which some find helpful in their quest to stop smoking - are more regulated nowadays to help ensure safety and efficacy. During the 28 days of Stoptober, there is a plenty of support available for those taking part, including the Stoptober mobile app, support via Facebook, your local Stop Smoking Service, and other tried and tested aids to help such as stop smoking medication and e-cigarettes. Find out more today on the Stoptober website. Simply put, Stoptober is one of the best and health-boosting campaigns you could wish to become involved in, as stopping smoking is possible the best thing you can do for your own health and of those around you. After all, do not underestimate the huge negative impact of second-hand smoke to your loved ones who are in regular close proximity to you.
Why is smoking bad for me?Well, the answer is that tobacco comprises of over 5,000 chemicals that include tar and nicotine. Smokers may want the feeling of the nicotine, but are then harmed by the tar. It is believed around 70 of those chemicals can cause cancer; an alarming statistic. Every time you smoke, the chemicals enter the lungs and through the lungs, are transported elsewhere around the body. Therefore, it may not be a shock to learn that on average, smokers live 10 years less than non-smokers.
No safe tobacco!Some important facts:
- Smoking cigars and pipes is just as damaging for you as smoking cigarettes.
- Roll-up tobacco smoke has the same chemicals as manufactured cigarette smoke. Roll-ups are usually produced without filters, making them more toxic than regular cigarettes.
- Shisha smoking, or ‘hookah’ or ‘waterpipe’, contains tobacco. The smoke may pass through water, but unfortunately this fun post night-out habit is as harmful as normal cigarette smoke.
- Smokeless tobacco - tobacco that is chewed or sucked – is also highly addictive and harmful.