Healthy Heart Tip: Stoptober
Many people will be thinking about quitting smoking on the 1st of October but may find it hard to quit without support and guidance. The Public Health England Stoptober campaign has already started, giving people the chance to think about a realistic way of splitting up from smoking for good.
Take a look at our Heart Research UK tips on how to ditch the habit. Within one year of quitting smoking, risk of heart disease is about half compared with a person who is still smoking.
- What about e-cigarettes?
At Heart Research UK we support research into the long term effects of e-cigarettes on cardiovascular health and would encourage smokers to try any smoking cessation technique that works, but don’t replace one fix for another. Talk to your GP, choose wisely and look into what will best help you gradually wean off your nicotine habit.
- Seek Support
Give in to pester power and make a pledge. Give family permission to crack the whip occasionally in times of weakness and make your friends aware of your triggers so they can support you. Get a few smoking buddies and colleagues on board to add a competitive edge. It’ll be much easier to quit if you have people routing for you.
- Find YOUR Incentive
Hard-hitting graphic warnings are proven to help smokers ditch the habit. So whether it’s a shocking advert on TV that leaves a sickly taste, the hole in your wallet that puts your dream holiday on the backburner or a bad score playing your favourite sport that holds you back, keep a mental image and fix your thoughts on that one overriding incentive that will give you the final push to stub it out for good.
- Break the routine
Finding yourself with extra time when you would normally be smoking can lead to overwhelming cravings. In the early stages it’s important to remove all smoking devices such as lighters and find a healthy replacement that will leave you feeling in control. Change tasks with a 10 minute brisk walk, engage your hands and your brain on a quick quiz, replace a trip to the pub with a game of badminton, go off and do something completely different until the cravings pass.
Live a healthier, happier, longer life and make your loved ones proud. Make a plan to stub it out for good today.