Stoptober 2021 is here! This year marks the campaign's 10th birthday, and there’s never been a better time to quit smoking. We understand how difficult it can be to quit smoking, with most of the 888 team being ex-smokers ourselves.
To support you with your journey, we’ve put together everything you need to know about the benefits of quitting smoking and our top tips for kicking the habit for good. We’ll also talk about why making the switch to vaping could give you the best chance of success.
What is Stoptober?
The Stoptober campaign was created in 2012 with the aim of motivating and supporting millions of people to make a permanent change to improve their health. The 28-day stop smoking challenge has already helped 2.3 million individuals successfully quit, but there’s still around 6 million adults that smoke in the UK, so we’ve still got lots of work to do!
Everyone knows by now that smoking’s bad for you, but did you know that it’s the leading cause of premature death in the UK, claiming the lives of almost 75,000 individuals each year? Unfortunately, smoking rates have increased over lockdown, with nearly 45% of 2000 people recently surveyed admitting to smoking more due to boredom and anxiety. Research has also found an increase of almost 25% in smoking uptake by 18-34 year olds during the first lockdown, with job losses and increased stress likely to blame.
With this in mind, it’s really important that we all work together to make Stoptober a success. Here at 888 Vapour, our priority is to help people quit smoking by offering the best vaping hardware and e-liquids on the market at unbeatable prices, using our knowledgeable team to help customers find the perfect solution for their needs.
Whilst it’s better to quit smoking completely, research suggests that vaping gives smokers a 60% better chance of kicking the habit than going cold turkey. If you’ve struggled to quit smoking before, then vaping might be the ideal choice for you.
What are the benefits of quitting smoking?
As well as ditching the horrible smell you get with cigarettes, you’ll start noticing the health benefits of quitting as soon as you stop. Here’s a timeline of what to expect from day one.
Other than the health benefits, you’ll quickly start saving a lot of money too. Did you know that smoking cigarettes costs around 2-and-a-half times as much as using e-cigarettes? Smokers typically spend roughly £475 every three months, whilst vapers pay just £180 for hardware and e-liquid over the same period.
Other than vaping, there’s loads of tools out there to help you during your 28-day quit smoking challenge. There’s a number of great quit smoking apps that you can download for free in time for this year’s Stoptober, including Quit Sure and the NHS Quit Smoking app.
Why should I switch to vaping?
Unlike other quit smoking aids, vaping mimics the sensation of smoking as you inhale the vapour, much like you would the smoke from a cigarette. Mouth-to-lung (MTL) vaping is better for first-time vapers as you inhale the vapour into your mouth first before breathing it into your lungs. You can also enjoy a higher nicotine concentration with MTL kits as they’re more suited to the stronger 10ml e-liquids. We recommend starting at 12mg, as it’s a good point to move up or down from depending on how many cigarettes you’re used to smoking.
Many people wrongly believe that nicotine is harmful, but it’s actually the toxins in tobacco and cigarette smoke that do the damage. E-liquids purchased from reputable retailers don’t contain anything other than vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, food-grade flavour concentrates and nicotine - eliminating the cancer causing chemicals found in cigarette smoke.
According to Public Health England, vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking cigarettes, making it a great alternative. With this in mind, you might be thinking about purchasing your first vape kit and e-liquids in time for stoptober.
We have a range of great starter kits for you to choose from, including hardware by all the biggest brands like Aspire, Innokin and Geekvape. We also have loads of great offers on our huge collection of e-liquids, including 6 for £10 across the V4 VAPOUR brand. We have the same deals in-store as we do online, so if you’d like a little extra help finding the perfect vape setup for you, just pop into one of our high street shops where our knowledgeable and friendly team will be happy to assist you!
Finally, we want to wish you the best of luck with your Stoptober challenge from all the team at 888 Vapour - you’ve got this!