Stoptober and Sober October: Benefits of giving up for the month

On 1st October 2012 the first mass attempt to get the UKs millions of smokers to quit was underway. Stoptober had begun.

For 28 days in October the challenge is to stop smoking, or as one comedian puts it;

“Let’s start now. I mean stop. You know what I mean. Just stop.”

Paddy McGuinness

Why 28 days?

Research shows that by stopping smoking for 28 days you are 5 times more likely to stop for good. There are a number of people who try to quit throughout the year, such as after New Years, but this usually has a short term view.

Why quit?

Two years on and nearly 260,000 have signed up for the challenge[1]. Here are some reasons why:

  • Save money – the average smoker spends £1,696 on cigarettes each year[2].
  • Improve your wellbeing – including your senses, appearance and general fitness.
  • Friends & family –80%+ of second hand smoke is invisible and odourless. Even if you are careful, stopping altogether can reduce the risk of illnesses such as asthma or bronchitis[3].

Sober October

“Go Sober for October” has also had a big impact on people’s lives. Lasting for the whole month, the aim is to stop drinking alcohol, as well as aiming to help raise money for Macmillan cancer support. Some of the key benefits of going sober for October are[4]:

  • Improve wellbeing – better sleep, energy levels, improving fitness and losing weight.
  • Sense of achievement – helping a positive cause
  • Save money – your bank balance will also feel healthier!

Let us know how you are getting on for Stoptober or Sober October.

Google+ LinkedIn