Start your Stoptober with Supergood.
It's that time of year again, where thousands of smokers in the UK are encouraged to start their journey to quit smoking: Stoptober. We know this year has been far from normal, but that doesn't mean you can't make the most of it and take a step forward for your health!
For those not in the know, Stoptober is a Public Health England yearly initiative which aims to give you the tools and support you need to help quit for good.
The pitch is simple enough: If you can quit within 28 days you're five times as likely to quit for good.
Now there are multiple ways to start your qutting journey; from patches to gum, from tablets to even nasal sprays, but there's no better way to help quit for good than using e-cigarettes.
Public Health England heavily voiced their support for the use of vaping as a cessation aid back in 2018, with a conclusion after a rigourous study that states "vaping is 95% less harmful than the use of tobacco".
And following a major clinical trial published the the UK, it had concluded that when combined with expert face-to-face support, people who used e-cigarettes to quit smoking were twice as likely to succeed as people who used other nicotine replacement products, such as patches or gum.
So, are you ready to start your journey to a healthier you? Great! Let's dive right in.
What happens when you quit?
After 20 minutes:
Check your pulse rate, it will already be starting to return to normal.
After 8 hours:
Your oxygen levels are recovering, and the harmful carbon monoxide level in your blood will have reduced by half.
After 48 hours:
All carbon monoxide is flushed out. Your lungs are clearing out mucus and your senses of taste and smell are improving.
After 72 hours:
If you notice that breathing feels easier, it's because your bronchial tubes have started to relax. Also your energy will be increasing.
After 2 to 12 weeks:
Blood will be pumping through to your heart and muscles much better because your circulation will have improved.
After 3 to 9 months:
Any coughs, wheezing or breathing problems will be improving as your lung function increases by up to 10%.
After 1 year:
Great news! Your risk of heart attack will have halved compared with a smoker's.
After 10 years:
More great news! Your risk of death from lung cancer will have halved compared with a smoker's.
So what do you need to start vaping?
It couldn't be easier to quit with e-cigarettes! All you need is a device, some e-liquid and some coils! There are some things that you need to bear in mind, however:
Finding out what strength of nicotine you'll need can seem like a daunting one, but though it can take a little experimenting it's a lot easier than you might think! Here's a handy list to help you get a rough idea of where to start:
|Number of cigarettes||Nicotine Strength|
|10-15||6mg / 11mg Nic Salt|
|15-20||12mg / 11mg Nic Salt|
|20+||20mg Nic Salt|