Are you trying to quit smoking? There's no time like the present! 'Stoptober' is a nationwide campaign to reduce smoking that kicks off every October.
It's the perfect opportunity for smokers to give up their habit, as they can join the millions of other people around the UK who are trying to quit, plus enlist the help of the campaign's tips and resources.
Here to help you quit smoking for good this October, we've rounded up some brilliant incentives below (including how you could get an extra £3,000 per year if you quit!) plus the tools that can really help. Ready? Let's do this!
Why you should quit
Chances are, you already know that smoking is bad for your health. But instead of focusing on the negative or what you're missing out on by quitting, this Stoptober, focus on the positive. In other words, by quitting smoking for good, here are just a few amazing benefits you could look forward to.
More money: When quitting, the average smoker will save £250 per month (that's £3,000 per year!) on cigarettes alone, not to mention other financial benefits like saving 20% - 30% per year on life insurance, according to the NHS website.
Improved love life: According to a match.com poll, those looking for love are 58% more likely to find a partner if they're non smokers.
Increased life span: You will live an average of 12-20 years longer, and you will be less likely to get cancer.
Better looks: Your teeth become whiter, your hair becomes shinier and healthier, your skin improves and you’ll notice less wrinkles.
Check out all the ways you'll benefit from quitting in our stat-packed infographic below
How to quit
Whether you've been a smoker for 10 months or 10 years, quitting is tough. But it's not something that you have to go through alone. There are plenty of products and resources available to help you, including the NHS Stoptober website.
Tell people: It’s easier to quit when your friends and family have your back, so let them know that you're quitting.
Nicorette patches: Nicotine patches can help combat the withdrawal symptoms caused by giving up smoking. Choose your patch depending on how many cigarettes you smoke per day.
Nicorette gums: Don't get caught out by a craving. With Nicorette gum, the nicotine is absorbed quickly through your mouth and gums, relieving those unpleasant withdrawal symptoms soon after they strike.
Stoptober app: Download the free Stoptober app to keep motivated throughout the day.
Need some help this Stoptober? Pop in to Asda for brilliant stop smoking advice available in all of our 255 Pharmacies. Asda's pharmacists and colleagues are on hand to answer questions and support customers on their quit journey evenings and weekends, too.