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Stoptober: quit smoking for 28 days (and the rest of your life)

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If there’s one thing everyone should do to better their health and protect the health of those around them, it’s to stop smoking.  I recently read a shocking statistic that 1 in 5 people in the UK smokes, and I guess that’s just the ones they know about, so it’s likely to be more.  

Stoptober is the perfect time to quit smoking and endure the journey with more than 1 million other smokers.  If you quit for 28 days, you’re five times more likely to quit for good.

I’m a big supporter of quitting smoking, having been a cigarette addict myself for ten years with a disgusting 20 a day habit.  I understand the addiction and also how tough it can be to quit, but I can assure you, it’s the best decision you’ll ever make.  If I could go back in time I would never ever start smoking.  It’s so destructive to your health and those around you.  There’s no getting away from it – if you smoke, everyone around you has to smoke and breathe in your horrid smokey chemicals whether they want to or not.  I’ve written several articles about my opinion on smoking and why you should quit.  You’ll find some at the end of this article.

Now I’m not one for believing being addicted to something is good for you, unless it’s being healthy, but there can be exceptions.  One of these exceptions is e-cigarettes.  If you’re struggling to give up or don’t know where to start, have you considered switching to an e-cigarette?  If there was a choice of living in a world where everyone smoked normal cigarettes or a choice of everyone vaping, I know which I’d prefer.

E-cigarettes are much safer for you and carry less risk.  Even the NHS says ‘E-cigarette vapour doesn't contain tar or carbon monoxide, two of the most harmful elements in tobacco smoke. Using an e-cigarette isn't completely risk-free, but it carries a small fraction of the risk of smoking and can help you quit.’

If vaping had been around when I smoked, I definitely would have chosen this route.  So far it seems much better for your health and you get to choose different flavours.  No yucky chemical filled smoke taste, but a mouthful of flavour instead.  Sounds much better to me.  However, as with anything filling your lungs, it would be better just to quit smoking altogether!