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Stoptober is back again!

Published: 03 Oct 2013

Stoptober has rolled around once more, seeing thousands of smokers across the country put down their cigarettes.

Thousands of people all over England and Wales will be making the commendable decision to ditch their smoking habit this month as Stoptober descends once more.

The campaign is run by the NHS in a bid to support the thousands of smokers who desperately want to quit, but who struggle to find the right motivation, information and support that they need to successfully do so.

Arguably one of the best selling points for getting on board is the fact that should people manage to give up smoking for the month, it makes them up to five times more likely to ditch the habit altogether.

In order to help people to achieve this goal, trained advisors are on-hand to give people tips and tricks for quitting, as well as information about medications that may help with the process.

For example, Zyban (bupropion) and Champix (varenicline) can both help smokers who have stopped lighting up to better manage their cravings, which are one of the main causes for people finding it difficult to kick the habit.

The reasons why individuals may want to join in are numerous. Some may choose to do so for lifestyle reasons, such as to save money, improve the appearance of their skin and teeth or to rid themselves and their clothes of the lingering smell of tobacco. Others will do so because of the well-documented health benefits.

For example, after just 24 hours of not smoking, an individual's lungs will start to clear, after two days their body will be completely free of nicotine, and within just three days, that person should notice their breathing and energy levels improve.

People who want to take part in Stoptober are able to register for a free support pack from the official website.

The eponymous month is swiftly followed up by another - Movember - which sees thousands of men all over the world growing moustaches in order to raise funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer, and mental health.

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