Stoptober is back for 2020, with the primary aim of encouraging the nation’s smokers to make a quit attempt for the month of October and beyond. As with previous Stoptober campaigns, this year’s campaign is founded on the evidence that if a smoker can quit for 28 days, they are five times more likely to quit for good!
Our NHS states that stopping smoking is one of the best things you’ll ever do for your health. When you stop, you give your lungs the chance to repair and you’ll be able to breathe easier. There are lots of other benefits too – and they start almost immediately.
This year’s Stoptober campaign is a little different from previous years and carries the NHS’ new Better Health brand. This new branding approach responds to new challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it’s had on people’s health behaviours.
As with previous years, all of us here at Tees Active are fully behind the Stoptober campaign and are helping to encourage our community to stop smoking and take control of their health! Smoking damages the lungs as well as harming your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to the flu and other respiratory infections with severe symptoms.
Given the pandemic which has swept over the world this year, there really is no better time to stop smoking than now! So why not give it a go and feel the benefits from stopping smoking? We’ve put together a page of advice, tips and information for you to use.
Many people attempt to quit using willpower alone but there are lots of handy tips and tools available online through our NHS and other local services to help you if you’re taking on the Stoptober challenge:
On top of the aids listed above, those who have quit smoking also found the below tips very useful in aiding their quitting efforts:
Find more information on quitting smoking here.
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