Back in the 1950’s smoking was the epitome of glamour. Screen beauties such as Audrey Hepburn made smoking look sexy and sophisticated. Fast forward to present day and this has all changed. Smoking is on the decline and thanks to the 2007 smoking ban you can now enjoy a meal in your favourite restaurant without the table next to you blowing smoke in your face.

Before I go any further I think now is the right time to tell you that I am in fact a smoker, and have been for 15 years. I’m not what I would call a ‘heavy smoker’ but I do smoke approximately 10 cigarettes a day. I’d love to quit, but I’m just not ‘ready’ yet, and having tried to quit numerous times before I know I’d fail if my heart wasn’t 100% in it.

One person who has decided to quit is my husband, Adam. Like me he’s smoked on average 10 cigarettes a day since his teens. He’s also tried, and failed, to quit a few times before. However after recently being diagnosed with MS he decided that now is most definitely the right time to kick the habit once and for all. He knew he couldn’t do it without support though and his decision to quit coincided perfectly with Stoptober.

The Stoptober campaign estimates that if you stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to quit for good. It’s a fantastic opportunity to set that date to quit, especially as many others around you may be quitting on the 1st October too.

There are many resources out there to help you quit smoking. For example there are various over the counter nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products, like patches or chewing gum. There’s also the free NHS Stop Smoking Service, which offers fantastic advice and support.

Adam’s chosen method to help him quit, and one that’s rising in popularity, is to vape. An estimated 2.5 million adults in Great Britain are using e-cigarettes and a report by Public Health England published in August 2015 concludes that e-cigarettes are around 95 per cent safer than smoking tobacco.

As I write this post I’m pleased to say that Adam is currently 24 days smoke free, and feeling great because of it. He said that his taste buds have gone into overdrive, tasting flavours that were once masked by tobacco, and he’s feeling more energetic and generally healthier all round. It’s not all been smooth sailing though, and at times he’s struggled, which has definitely affected his mood, and his nail biting is out of control. However he’s stayed strong and I couldn’t be prouder of him.

Seeing Adam do so well has definitely spurred me on, and I’m hoping I won’t be far behind him in the battle to stop smoking…….for good!