Lighting up on the plane – sounds like a terrible idea now. Yet until at least the late 1980s, it was allowed (and even encouraged). The smoking ban hit planes about twenty years before it was enforced in pubs and restaurants here in the UK. However weird you think in-flight smoking would’ve been – trust […]
No matter how much you try to ignore it, there’s no getting away from the fact that cigarette smoking is an incredibly dangerous behaviour, which puts you at risk of all sorts of health complications, both now and in the future.
Many of us struggle to accept the long-term health risks of our smoking habits. We try to ignore the usual threats of lung cancer and heart disease. The effects are largely invisible and part of a future we do not want to think about.
One of the quit smoking quotes I’ve just come across is from American writer Mark Twain: “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.” Like a lot of ex-smokers, good old Mark clearly struggled with sustaining the motivation to quit.
Stoptober is a 28-day stop smoking challenge led by Public Health England (PHE) that runs throughout the month of October. The government-backed health awareness stop smoking campaign was first launched in 2012, and remains the biggest mass quit attempt in the United Kingdom.
The growing trend for using electronic cigarettes has caused quite a stir among medical experts. Initially, e-cigarettes (also known as “vapes”) were developed by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik as an aid for individuals attempting to quit smoking.
We’ve all heard of hypnosis. We’ve seen the mystical, suited professionals on the adverts who promise to free us from addiction forever. We’ve seen Chandler Bing successfully stop smoking (for at least a few seasons of Friends) just by falling asleep to some tapes calling him a strong, confident woman.
Bacon & eggs. Peanut butter & jelly. Cheese &…everything. There’s no denying it, some things are just better together. Unfortunately, cigarettes and alcohol make a pretty good match too, and that can make things difficult if you’re trying to quit smoking.
Celebrities. The larger than life personalities who we think we know, want to know, and want to get to know. We share their pain, rejoice in their accomplishments, and (viciously) defend their honour if naysayers have a crummy word to say against our idols (we’ve learnt the hard way not to mess with the Beyhive).
In the last year, we’ve helped tens of thousands of people quit smoking – so we know that no two journeys towards smoking cessation are the same. Of course, there are hundreds of tips and trick out there to help your own path to quitting become a success.