STOPTOBER, WHAT’S THAT?
Stoptober is a 28 daylong event run each October through which participants are encouraged to quit smoking. This annual campaign was created by Public Health England.
The idea behind this event is that participants pledge themselves to not smoke during these 28-day period.
The first Stoptober campaign was launched in 2012 and was an amazing success with the power of social media being involved in the popularity for the event.
Stoptober offers a wealth of support to help you attain your goal of giving up on smoking and enjoy the many health, wellbeing and financial benefits of quitting smoking.
BUT WHY 28 DAYS?
The main idea behind the event is based on evidence that shows that after twenty-eight days without smoking, smokers are five times more likely to give up smoking for good.
WHY DO WE WANT TO QUIT SMOKING?
Smoking tobacco cigarettes is harmful to your health and of people who are around you. As well as the environment and your bank balance.
NOW LET’S HAVE AN IN-DEPTH TALK ABOUT SMOKING AND WHAT IT DOES TO A SMOKER.
Let’s start with the:
Smokers are more likely to have hits. Smoking increases the risk of strokes by at least 50%, which can cause brain damage and even death.
Smoking can increase your chances of developing a brain aneurysm. This is a swelling in a blood vessel caused by a faintness in the blood vessel wall.
The rupture in these vessels can lead to an extremely serious condition known as a subarachnoid haemorrhage.
Heart issues caused by smoking:
The risk of dying from a heart attack and other heart-related issues is doubled for a smoker than of a non-smoker.
Now it’s time to talk about the damage that is done by smoking on our lungs.
wait, there’s more.
- Lung cancer.
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
Smokers have a bigger chance of getting stomach cancer or ulcers. Smoking affects the muscle that controls the lower end of your oesophagus.
It makes that muscles weak which allows the acid from the stomach to travel in the wrong direction which is going back up to your oesophagus, this process is known as reflux.
Mouth and throat:
Problems caused are:
- Bad Breath
- Stained Teeth
- Gum Disease
- Damaged Your Sense of Taste
- Oral Thrush.
- Cancer In your Lips
- Cancer in Your Tongue
- Cancer in Your Throat
- Cancer in Your Voice-Box
- Cancer in Your Oesophagus
More than 93% of oropharyngeal cancers (cancer in the part of throat) are caused by smoking.
Reproduction and fertility:
Smoking can cause male impotence because it damages the blood vessels that supply blood to the penis. It can also reduce sperm count and cause testicular cancer. For women, smoking can reduce fertility. It can also increase your risk of cervical cancer.
Smoking does nothing good to your body, just a temporary relaxation and the rest is serious torture to every organ of your body. Smoking will never help you with anything instead it’ll just pull you closer to death each day.
Vaping has been keeping its words from the start, from day one to now it has been proven to be not as much harmful to the body. It has helped millions of people to quit smoking and is continuing to do so.
Vaping is without a doubt a 95% safer alternative to smoking so, quit before it’s too late because a simple switch to e-cigarettes will save your life!