2021, the longest year in living memory, is finally over. Everyone’s thinking the same thing - 2022 has to be better, so why not kick it off with a win and quit smoking for good?
During lockdown in 2020, smoking uptake rates rose to a shocking 16.3% in the UK population, but this has thankfully fallen again over that last year. Without jumping on the ‘new year new you’ cliché, January is always a good time to reset and make healthier choices.
We’ve all been there. Whether it’s joining the gym after Christmas and cancelling the direct debit in February, or trying dry January and heading to the pub after the first week back at work. Like many New Year challenges, we know that smoking is one of the most difficult habits to kick.
To help give you the best chance possible, we’ve put together our top tips to make your January quit smoking attempt a success.
Make a plan and set achievable goals
Research has shown that you’re five times more likely to quit for good if you make it to 28 days without smoking. There’s lots of helpful guides and tools out there to help you along your journey, including the free NHS quit smoking app. The app helps you track your progress, see how much you’re saving and offers daily support and tips.
Setting yourself achievable goals can help you stay on track. For example, you might try cutting down your smoking frequency first, with a set date in mind for quitting completely.
Choose your support tools
There are many different ways to quit smoking. Some people can stop by simply going cold turkey, but the success rate using this method is much lower than those who use quit smoking tools.
There’s lots of nicotine replacement options and medication out there, which you can discuss with your GP. If you have any pre-existing health conditions, it’s always a good idea to discuss these with your doctor before choosing how to quit smoking. E-cigarettes, which you can purchase from your local vape store or online, are a great alternative. Whilst it’s better to quit completely, a study in 2014 found that those who made quit attempts with e-cigarettes and no other support were around 60% more successful than those who used no aid. So, if you've tried and failed to quit before, then vaping might be the right route for you.
There are thousands of different kits and e-liquids to choose from, but we recommend purchasing a good-quality starter kit, like the Aspire Flexus Q or VooPoo Doric 20. Paired with our high-quality and delicious V4 VAPOUR e-liquid range, these kits make the perfect setup to help you quit smoking for good.
You’ve probably read some worrying headlines in the tabloids around the safety of vaping, but don’t panic. According to Public Health England, e-cigarettes are at least 95% safer than smoking cigarettes. If you have any questions regarding vaping, our friendly online customer service and in-store teams are always happy to help with any concerns or queries you might have.
List of your reasons for quitting smoking
It’s a good idea to have a written reminder of why you’re quitting. Maybe you’re stopping smoking to save money, or maybe you’re mainly doing it to improve your health. Whatever your reasons, having a list of why you’re kicking the habit will help stop you buying cigarettes when the cravings kick in.
Another thing many ex-smokers do is put aside the money they would’ve spent on cigarettes into a separate savings pot. It helps keep you motivated towards your goal as you can see exactly how much money smoking cost you. Why not treat yourself to a holiday to celebrate successfully quitting smoking? Below is a breakdown of how much money you can save by switching to vaping. Spoiler alert - it’s a lot!
According to the NHS, exercising helps curb cravings. Studies have shown that short periods of physical activity, especially aerobic exercise, reduces withdrawal symptoms. Getting active can also help with stress, you’ll sleep better and it boosts your energy levels, all of which will help you cope with your quit smoking journey.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to slave away in the gym for hours each day. Just 30 minutes of exercise each day is sufficient, and you can always break it down into 10 minute chunks if you’ve not got a lot of free time. Even simple exercises, like stretching and yoga, can help you relax and increase your serotonin levels, and classes are a great way to socialise and meet new people.
For more information on how to quit smoking, take a look at the NHS website. We’ve also got a huge range of vape guides on our blog. Whether it’s picking out your first e-liquid or tips for troubleshooting common vape problems, we’ve got you covered.
Good luck with your quit smoking journey this January, and Happy New Year from everyone at 888 Vapour!