Stoptober and Quit Kits.
Before I start this post, I'd appreciate it if I didn't have any horrible comments telling me I shouldn't of started smoking to begin with etc, I know all that which is why I'm going to try to quit.
A few weeks ago I saw a new campaign by the NHS which is called Stoptober. I knew I needed to quit smoking as it's so unhealthy and I couldn't really afford it. I thought trying to quit whilst others were would be a good time to do it, as I might find it easier. I've been smoking for nearly 2 years, which I know is stupid because of my age, but at the time I didn't think much of it. I thought I'd be able to control how often I smoked and I said I would only ever smoke at parties. However somewhere along the line I became addicted and found myself craving for a cigarette. I smoked more during my exam period because I found it helped me deal with stress a little easier. In the end I was on about 10-15 cigarettes a day and was spending almost £10 a week on it. Over the summer I had tonsillitis and I went 4 days without a cigarette because I was too ill (I didn't have 36 cigarettes) however for some stupid reason, after my tonsillitis had gone I decided to start smoking again, and I regret that so much. I would much rather be spending the make up on clothes and make up, I'd have about £480 extra a year to spend.
So I decided to sign up to Stoptober and I ordered the support pack they offer. I also signed up to the texting service, so I will (hopefully) get texts when I've quit smoking encouraging me.
In this flip booklet, there's a page for the 28 days of October giving you tips and encouragement to continue.
The next Quit Kit I ordered is another one from the NHS website and once again it's free. I've seen this before since I work in a pharmacy and they're usually available for a short period of time once a year. I thought ordering two kits may seem a bit over the top, but I'll take all the help I can to quit. So here's what's inside this second kit...
As you can see this second kit has a lot more to encourage to you quit in it. The cards (last picture) to me are the most shocking products in the kit as they tell you the raw facts. I would advise anyone who is trying to quit to order both packs, and although some of the items overlap they both appear to be a helpful aid in quitting.
I know this has been a very long post, and I may get negative comments but I feel I should try and let people now what the NHS is offering for those who want to quit, as I was unaware until a few weeks ago. Sorry for the picture heavy post. I will probably update how I'm doing on quitting in a couple of weeks!