It’s hard to believe that today is the first day in October. Summer has been and gone and soon we will be waking up in darkness and needing an extra layer of clothing.
From a health awareness perspective, October is a busy month. We will be hearing lots about breast cancer and today marked the start of Stoptober. For those wondering what Stoptober is all about, this is a time for the smokers amongst you and it represents a campaign to encourage stopping smoking.
Currently about twenty percent of the population in the UK are smokers. I’m certain that everybody is aware that smoking has a huge negative impact on health, and smoking remains one of the leading causes of death and illness. Around 90% of lung cancers are caused by smoking, and smoking also is the main contributing factor to long-term lung conditions including COPD, chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
I realise that if you have been smoking for a long time, stopping is no easy task. It certainly needs a lot of will power and a lot of encouragement, so this a great time as there will undoubtedly be people around you who are trying to give up themselves and can empathise with you. Last year Stoptober was a massive success and around 160,000 people stopped smoking for the month of October. Research has shown that if you can manage to stop smoking for four weeks, then you are five times more likely to give up smoking completely.
So, join in, take advantage of the camaraderie amongst your fellow smokers and give your lungs a break. Whatever age you are, and however long you have been smoking, stopping smoking now will invariably improve your health and your quality of life.
You don’t need to do it alone, and there are so many things available to help ease the cravings. This includes nicotine replacement therapy that now comes in a number of forms (patches, gum, inhalators) and also medications, which specifically act to reduce the desire for a cigarette.
If you need some support during Stoptober, or want to talk through the options of what is available to help you, please book a consultation. During the month of October, all smoking cessation appointments will be offered at a reduced rate of £70 to show our support for Stoptober.
Make a change!