Today marks the start of Stoptober – the campaign calling on all smokers to stop throughout October for at least 28 days.

The campaign has seen a great amount of support from the NHS, local authorities and pharmacies since it was launched back in 2012.

Research shows that if you can stop smoking for 28 days, you’re five times more likely to quit for good.

Are you ready to take the challenge?

Stoptober 2014 saw more than a quarter of a million people sign up to try and quit, and there’s plenty of support available along the way. If you sign up here you’ll receive a free Stoptober pack plus the option of getting daily quitting tips sent straight to your mobile phone.

There’s also a Stoptober app you can download with advice and support throughout.

Stopping smoking has so many benefits and is vital for good health, especially if you already have a pre-existing medical condition.

So what happens when you quit?

Just 8 hours after your last cigarette the carbon monoxide levels in your blood will half and your oxygen levels should return to normal.

After 2 days your sense of smell and taste improve.

From 2-12 weeks circulation should improve and if you make it to 5 years, your risk of a heart attack could be at half of someone who smokes.

Other benefits include: 
– Saving money
– More energy
– Whiter teeth
– Improved fertility
– Improved life expectancy

While smoking can be a difficult habit to break, there are more tools than ever to help you along the way, here are our top tips for quitting success:

– Use the tools available
If you need to use an e-cigarette (these come with or without nicotine) just to give yourself something to do when you’re craving then that’s better and less harmful than smoking an actual cigarette and has also seen a higher number of people switch from cigarettes since they’ve come onto the market.

– Sign up to Stoptober
Use the guides and tips throughout Stoptober and you should feel much more confident in your attempt to quit. Tweeting about your progress with the hashtag #Stoptober and searching the hashtag will make you aware of others in the same boat as you, meaning everyone can support each other.

– Shout about it!
Tell everyone you’re doing Stoptober. From friends to family and colleagues, the more people you tell, the less likely you are to give up when things get tough.

– Buddy up
If someone in the office is also taking part in Stoptober then support each other, if you’d usually go out for a cigarette break at lunch time, treat yourselves to a nice lunch away from your desk instead (seeing as you’ll be saving money as a non-smoker!)

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Are you taking part in Stoptober? Let us know in the comments below if you are and good luck!