Start by download the Quit Genius App and signing up so you are ready and raring to go for the best experience this Stoptober.
The resources for this year’s Stoptober are still being finalised, but once they’re published within the next week or two, it’s likely that you’ll then be able to sign up to take part in the stop smoking challenge. Head to the dedicated Stoptober website for the latest details.
Using nicotine gum in conjunction with behavioural support increases your chances to quit for good as they are a very effective way to deal with cravings. Get your hands on Quit Genius gum here.
Electronic cigarettes — or e-cigarettes — are devices that produce an aerosol solution, or vapour. They allow the user to inhale a dose of nicotine, without exposure to other harmful substances commonly found in cigarettes, such as tar and carbon monoxide.
E-cigarettes are not completely risk-free, but they are far less damaging than regular cigarettes. Although they are not yet considered a medical nicotine replacement therapy (the devices are not yet available on prescription), there is now evidence to suggest that e-cigarettes can be helpful as stop smoking aids, if combined with behavioural therapy or another evidence-based quit smoking intervention.
Public Health England and the organisers of Stoptober have recognised this newly-emerged evidence, and since Stoptober 2017 advocated the use of E-cigarettes for Stoptober participants who feel that they would benefit from using one of these devices.
If you want to get ahead and have everything prepared in time for October 1st, it might be worth doing your research into e-cigarettes now, and purchasing a device in advance, if you do decide to go down that route.
For more information about e-cigarettes and whether or not they’re right for you, have a read of our comprehensive guide to e-cigarettes.