5 steps to a smoke free life: This October, the team behind Stoptober is ready to help you split up with smoking and we're keen to lend a helping hand where we can If you want to stop smoking, you are most definitely not alone. According to research presented by the Stoptober initiative, six in 10 smokers actively want to quit and, for most, taking the first step is the hardest part.
While it can be a struggle to kick a long-term habit, taking part in Stoptober means that you'll be joining a community of people all dedicated to doing the same - and to date, the month-long challenge has helped 1.9 million make the change.
So, are you ready? Here are five Steps to get you started.
1. start with your why
We all know that smoking is detrimental to our health, still, it can be incredibly difficult to break the habit. Quite often it's easier to negotiate rather than stop completely. You might hear yourself saying; "I'll only smoke when I drink, or at the weekend." Cutting down on the amount you smoke is fine, if that's what you're ready for right now - and every step towards quitting is a step forward. However, if you want to counter these bargaining behaviours and ban cigarettes from your life completely, start with why you want to stop. What is your reason and motivation? It might be your ability to breathe and recover more easily when exercising, to save money or something life-enhancing or maybe to feel more in control of your day without the nag of a nicotine fix on your mind.