1st October 2015 marks the start of Stoptober, a national smoking cessation scheme to get smokers to quit for 28 days. Stoptober is supported by the NHS, Public Health England and a host of celebrities including Al Murray and Rhod Gilbert. It promises free support and exclusive content for 28 days to make quitting easier. The good news is that once you’ve managed to stay off cigarettes for 4 weeks you will be 5 times more likely to stop for good.
There are lots of great ways to quit smoking these days, whether you use patches, gum, e-cigarettes or just go cold turkey. One of the most effective ways to stop, of course, is through hypnosis. Research conducted in 1992 concluded that people are 6 times more likely to quit through hypnosis compared to willpower alone.
There are loads of great reasons to quit during Stoptober and being clear and focused as to why you want to stop can really help boost your motivation and resolve.
For your health
Tobacco is responsible for more than 100,000 deaths a year in the UK – that’s 1 in every 5 deaths in this country. In addition to increasing the risk of cancer, smoking can also increase the likelihood of:
- Coronary heart disease
- Heart attacks
For your family
If you can’t stop for yourself, can you stop for your family? In addition to the risk of harm to them caused by second hand smoking just consider the impact your smoking has on your relationships. Smoking can lead to reduced energy, ongoing ill health such as COPD or emphysema, impotence and low fertility. All of these things can put a strain on relationships with the people you love but so can having to live with someone who smells of cigarettes or has to sneak out of restaurants, pubs or cinemas to huddle outside with the other smokers.
For your pocket
Smoking costs a fortune these days. An average packet of cigarettes costs over £8. Even if you are not a very heavy smoker and only buy 4 packets a week then, at the current rate, that’s £16,000 over the next 10 years. Imagine what you could do with that money? Perhaps you could use it to pay for fantastic holidays, pay off your mortgage early or use it for your son or daughter’s university education.
So, to help you once you’ve made up your mind to stop smoking here are 4 steps to help you quit for good.
Step 1 – Set A Quit Date
Give some thought to the best date to quit and then put the date in your calendar or diary. Avoid choosing a day that you know is going to be busy or stressful or when you are more likely to be tempted to have a cigarette, such as a party.
Step 2 – Tell your family and friends
Quitting smoking is easier with support from others. Let them know when and why you are quitting and talk to them about how they can help. On your quit day ask them to check in with you to see how things are going and warn them you might be in a bad mood as the nicotine withdrawal kicks in. Make sure they help you avoid situations or places where you are more likely to smoke and most importantly tell them not to let you have a cigarette – no matter how much you want one.
Step 3 – Remove cigarettes and paraphernalia from home, work and your car
Get rid of the cigarettes, matches, lighters and ashtrays from everywhere – you won’t need them anymore. Don’t save them “just in case” throw them away and be done with them. It’s also a good idea to clean the house and car out. Give them a good deep clean to get rid of the smell of cigarettes from your life.
Step 4 – Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your options
Hypnosis is a great way of quitting but it doesn’t have to be the only way. Increase your chance of success by getting some good advice and combining hypnosis with nicotine replacement products such as chewing gum or patches.
You can find out more about Stoptober here.
If you are interested in booking a hypnosis session to stop smoking you can find more information here.
Chockalingam Viswesvaran and Frank L. Schmidt. Journal of Applied Psychology 1992: Vol. 77, No. 4, pp. 554-561
Cancer Research UK