Are you taking part in Stoptober?

stoptoberDuring the month of October the NHS came up with an ingenious idea to encourage people to stop smoking, with research suggesting that those who successfully give up for four weeks are five times more likely to stay smoke-free for good. Hence, ‘Stoptober’ was born.

We all know that smoking addiction is huge problem in the UK, and it comes with some worrying statistics! There are 114,000 deaths each year that are caused from smoking related illnesses, with smokers losing on average 16 years of their life compared to a non-smoker; this however, still doesn’t deter the 10 million adults across Britain that continue to smoke.

The NHS has set aside a tidy £5.7 million sum to help fund the Stoptober campaign. In 2012 there were more than 160,000 people that managed to stop smoking for the month of October, with over 200,000 people already having pledged to take part this year!

You can sign up Stoptober here, you will provided with a support pack, mobile app, and a few motivating texts to help get you through the month!

While undertaking your challenge why not raise money for charity at the same time?

Just use Give as you Live and whenever you buy something from one of our 2,500 supported retailers, you’ll raise money for you charity, the best thing about it being it’s absolutely free!

Join in the conversation online, tweet us at @giveasyoulive with the hash tag #Stoptober and let us know how you’re managing to curb the cravings! Chupa Chups perhaps?