October is Stoptober (opens in new tab), with the nation encouraged to be more healthy, by ditching bad habits, most notably smoking. If you want to give up smoking, any month is a good time to do so, but Stoptober is ideal as lots of other people will be doing the same, and it also means you can be smoke free – and saving money – in time for Black Friday and the Christmas break.
In the UK the NHS has a Stoptober app (opens in new tab), which shows you how much you're saving as well as help to distract you when the cravings kick in as well as more support, whether that's in the form of a chat bot or real face-to-face support. Check out the NHS Stoptober site here. (opens in new tab)
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Many people find it's easier to quit smoking with a stop smoking aid such as nicotine patches, lozenges or gum. These help you break your addiction to the physical act of smoking, and also wean you off addictive nicotine, by gradually decreasing the amount of gum you chew, or the strength of the patches.
According to the NHS, most of the damage caused by smoking comes from the thousands of other chemicals in tobacco smoke, rather than the nicotine itself. That's why ditching cigarettes for a stop smoking aid is a great first step. Obviously, going the whole way and stopping your dependency on nicotine entirely is the best end goal.
Stopping smoking isn't just good for your health. With the price of cigarettes these days, giving up also saves habitual smokers thousands of pounds per year.
If stop smoking aids are your weapon of choice for Stoptober and beat the cigarettes, then Amazon's deals, with up to 50% off 'Smoking Cessation Products' (opens in new tab) will no doubt appeal.
There's money off gum, lozenges, patches and inhalers from brands including Nicotinell, Nicorette and Niquitin. Shop the full range of discounted products here. (opens in new tab)
If you want a bit more encouragement to stop smoking the Stoptober, pick up a copy of Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking (opens in new tab), the world's bestselling book on how to stop smoking, with over nine million copies sold.