October this year has also doubled-up as ‘Stoptober’- a month dedicated to helping as many people quit smoking as possible! I’s a campaign launched by Public Health England, and includes the backing of celebrities such as Bill Bailey and Al Murray.
All month people have been invited to sign up easily online and take part in a 28 day journey to becoming smoke-free. And they’ve been quick to share the benefits too:
1) People are proud – when you tell someone you are quitting smoking, their reactions can be amazing. Parents have reported children jumping for joy and even running to hide any ashtrays in the house, whilst family and friends can rally round to provide great support where it matters!
2) Bigger smiles – many people have admitted that they smile more and mean it once they have stopped smoking! No longer does tobacco-breath have to be a problem! People will now see you, rather than a layer of smoke; and this is surely something to smile about.
3) Keep the conversation going – smokers can often feel isolated outside, in situations like waiting for public transport or shopping, because people feel put-off by cigarettes. When you don’t smoke, conversation becomes so much easier and you can unlock social opportunities you perhaps never knew you had.
4) A taste sensation – surprisingly, many smokers even in the early stages of quitting, report that their food tastes better and they feel more satisfied. Never has there been a better reason for a celebratory treat!