Join thousands of quitters this Stoptober!

You don’t have to wait until the New Year to stop smoking – the Stoptober campaign is the perfect time to take that step

If you think there's no point cutting down on smoking until the New Year, think again – Stoptober’s here! The Government’s Department of Health campaign is encouraging people to quit smoking together, starting on October 1 for 28 days. Why? Because research has found that if you can stop smoking for 28 days, you’re five times more likely to stop for good.

The idea is that Stoptober will help to recreate the ‘January effect’, when lots of people try to cut down on cigarettes as New Year resolution.

The first Stoptober, last year, saw more than a quarter of a million people pledge to try and quit, and campaigners are hoping even more will be inspired this year.

Figures show that the majority of smokers wish they could kick the habit.

Making that step isn’t easy, but knowing you’re not alone – that thousands of others have pledged to take the challenge too – can be a huge boost to willpower, which is why Stoptober’s the ideal time to try.

And there are things you can do to increase your chances of cutting down on cigarettes successfully. Firstly, focusing on the positive rewards of quitting smoking could really help – and they really are endless. Improved health, hair and skin are just a few of the benefits, and the cash you’ll save from not buying cigarettes can add up to a small fortune – visit NICORETTE®’s budget calculator page.

Why not make a list of all the things you’d like to achieve from cutting down – it could be getting fit, or maybe that dream holiday you’d love to start saving for?

Having a visible reminder of your goals can really boost motivation.

And there’s no need to feel pressured to go cold turkey and reply on willpower alone. It’s been recognised in new guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) that most smokers need support and help to stop smoking, largely because nicotine is so highly addictive.

NICE says that people who cut down on cigarettes are more likely to stop smoking altogether eventually, particularly if they're using licensed nicotine-containing products.

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products mean you can still have some of the nicotine your body craves, but without the harmful, health-damaging chemicals found in tobacco.

This enables you to cut down slowly, while no longer relying on actual cigarettes, and having NRT products to hand during social situation – when cravings can be hard to resist – could really help you stick to your mission. For instance, NICORETTE® QuickMist Mouthspray starts working in just 60 seconds to help curb cravings by giving a fast delivery of nicotine.

If you’d prefer to tackle cravings in a more discreet way, without even having to think about them, the NICORETTE® INVISIPATCH™ could be the product for you.

An effective once-a-day solution, just stick the semi-transparent patch onto your skin and it’ll give you a slow, constant release of nicotine for up to 16 hours – ideal if you’re used to having cigarette breaks at work, or have a long day ahead at a wedding for instance.

You’ll find a range of NRT options on NICORETTE® Product Page as well as other handy tips for stopping smoking in our quitting tools section.

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