Best Times To Give Up Smoking

Any time is a good time to quit smoking, but sometimes, life events or key dates present a perfect opportunity to try and give up. Here are some of the best examples:

  • Getting engaged: when you get married, you want to look and feel your best, so what better way to celebrate your engagement than giving up smoking? Giving up smoking will make your skin look younger and brighter and prevent tooth staining to ensure your smile looks picture perfect. It also paves the way for a longer, healthier life together. 
  • New Year: if you make resolutions every year, why not try giving up smoking this New Year? Quitting smoking is one of the most common resolutions people make; why not see if you can start and finish the year feeling healthier and happier.
  • October: every October, Public Health England runs a national stop smoking campaign called Stoptober. Last year, more than quarter of a million people took part and many succeeded in quitting. The aim of the challenge is to quit for 28 days; studies show that if you can go without smoking for 28 days, you’re 5 times more likely to quit for good.
  • Getting married: as you count down the days until you walk down the aisle, why not also count the days you’ve been smoke-free? If you both smoke, you can try and quit as a team and celebrate your achievements on your big day. 
  • Having a baby: if you smoke and you decide to start trying for a family, this is ideal time to quit. Smoking poses serious risks to the health of an unborn baby and ideally, you should try and quit before you start trying to conceive. If you find out that you are pregnant and you are still smoking, this is a major incentive to give up.
  • No Smoking Day; No Smoking Day is an annual event, which encourages smokers all over the country to try and quit. Since the first event in 1983, more than a 1.5 million people have quit smoking. 
  • Becoming a grandparent: passive smoking poses risks to everyone, but is particularly harmful for children, so if you’re expecting your first grandchild, this is an excellent time to try and quit. 

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