Stoptober – Could you quit for 28 days?
Stoptober, supported by Public Health England, challenges smokers to take part in a 28 day challenge, and VIP fully supports this initiative.
Cigarettes cost how much now?
Quitting smoking is tough.
However, with a packet of cigarettes now €10 a pack, the decision to bin the cigarettes probably just got that little bit easier for some Irish smokers.
The motivation to quit smoking comes from different places for different people. Some will finally draw the line at €10 a pack. Parents might feel pressure to set a good example for their kids. Very often, the health consequences just catch up with us and force us to take charge of our addiction.
Wherever your underlying motivation comes from, the Stoptober campaign can support you in your efforts bin the cigarettes.
Focus on 28 days
The Stoptober campaign is based on research which shows that smokers who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stop for good. That’s why Stoptober puts the challenge to smokers to quit for 28 days in October.
The campaign was a great success last year and resulted in thousands of smokers giving up smoking for good. Organisers are hoping for same result this year.
Anyone can opt in on the Stoptober website to receive free support throughout their 28 day journey.
VIP supporting Stoptober
The proportion of smokers in Ireland has declined from 28% in 2006 to 21% in 2013. While this is good progress, we must work to continue this trend.
We are delighted to support the Stoptober campaign so to celebrate we’ve come up with a special offer to help you stay smoke free for good. For the first week of November, we’re offering 10% off all orders over €50 using the discount code ‘stoptober’.
Save Money with Vaping
If your health isn’t a good enough reason to quit this October, then think about your wealth!
It now costs as much as 50c per cigarette whereas a VIP e-cigarette refill will cost 7.5c or 3.5c if you are using the e-liquid. This means that over a year, a 20-a-day smoker will spend €3650 on cigarettes whereas an e-cigarette vaper will spend €547 on refills or €255 on the e-liquid.
That’s a potential saving of €3,394 per year. What would you do with that extra cash? Here are some exciting ways to spend the money!
Sarah’s Quitting Story
One of the most important parts of quitting smoking is knowing that you are not alone and that many others are going through the same challenges as you are.
If you have been reading the blog for a while now, you will know that Sarah has been trying out the e-cigarette. Sarah wanted to share her testimonial with us this Stoptober with the hope that it will encourage other smokers out there to quit.
‘I was a regular smoker for 10 years, smoking 6 cigarettes a day and up to 20 at the weekends. When I was given an e-cigarette, I was very apprehensive, I couldn’t see how this object would help me kick the habit. I’m delighted that I was wrong!
After 12 weeks of vaping, I can honestly say that I am no longer dependant on a cigarette. I did find it difficult to stay off cigarettes completely and I found myself having the odd one on nights out when I was spending time in the smoking area.
“It’s not going to happen overnight, but it is possible for me to quit smoking with the help of the e-cigarette. It has been the most effective method of quitting that I have ever had. I actually prefer vaping to smoking now, that is something I never thought I would say. I can see changes in myself now that I have quit. I am fitter, I don’t smell like smoke, I no longer have a sore throat or cough – and I just generally feel better.”
“Although I still smoke the odd cigarette here and there, I am really proud of how far I’ve come. I am definitely going to continue vaping with the hopes of completely cutting out cigarettes. For anyone out there who wants to quit, rest assured that it is possible. If I can do it, anyone can!’
Check out our YouTube channel , for Sarah’s video blogs where she documented her vaping journey. Are you quitting smoking for Stoptober? Let us know in the comments below.