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Break free from smoking this Stoptober

Good things start to happen when you stop 

Stoptober is the ideal time to stop smoking as you'll join thousands of others battling to break the hold that tobacco has on their lives and quit for good. Research shows that smokers who can stay smoke-free for 28 days are more likely to succeed. Choose your free quit kit and let's get started!

Every time you smoke a cigarette, your body is being flooded with thousands of poisonous chemicals including benzene, arsenic and formaldehyde. At least 70 of the chemicals in tobacco smoke cause cancer. It’s a frightening thought. The bottom line is, there is no safe level of smoking – quitting completely is the only way you can protect your health from these risks.  

But the good news is, the day you stop, your body starts clearing itself of all those nasty toxins and begins to repair itself. You’ve probably already heard your doctor, partner, friends and even your cigarette packet telling you to stop smoking.  You know it’s bad for your health – and your wallet. But did you know that if you are an adult living in Dorset you can get help to quit – and it won’t cost you a penny? 

 Our team will put together a personal quit plan that works for you. You can choose from:

  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), nicotine gum and patches by post or from your local pharmacy
  • A vape starter kit
  • A place at an Allen Carr Easyway seminar (in person or online),  a fast-track, one-day session, worth £329
  •  Six sessions of 1-2-1  coaching with a behaviour change coach to keep you on track and give you tips and tools to overcome barriers and set-backs. These sessions take place over the phone at a time that suits you.  

 Don’t worry if you have tried to quit before and failed – with the right help, you can win.

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 If you are new to LiveWell Dorset, welcome. Register today to start your stop smoke journey. Online registration takes just a few minutes. Or you can call us on freephone 0800 840 1628.
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What happens when you stop smoking?

Your LiveWell quit journey

Nick chose: a one-day Allen Carr Easyway Seminar

"We can all talk and think about stopping smoking but it’s the doing that counts. Signing up with LiveWell and then committing to go to the Allen Carr Easyway day held me accountable. Having that Easyway quit date in the diary really worked for me, being able to tell myself that, next Saturday, I am going to give up smoking."

Nick managed to kick a 45-year smoking habit in just one day thanks to a free place on an Allen Carr Easyway seminar. Now he’s swapped a bad habit for a good one – practising his German! How Nick quit

Gina chose: NRT and coaching

"Quitting smoking is a tough journey but such an important one. It is never too late and no matter how many times you may have failed in the past, never give up giving up. With LiveWell Dorset, with the right support, you can do this, you really can."

Retired nurse Gina used to tell her patients to quit smoking - and yet she could never give up herself, despite many attempts. Then her GP told her about LiveWell and her life changed for good. How Gina got on

Our coach Wendy chose: a one-day Allen Carr Easyway Seminar

"I went into the seminar with an open mind. The trainer made you feel really comfortable and even encouraged you to smoke which was a bit strange at first. But the seminar really challenged and changed my thought patterns around smoking. By the end I knew I didn't need nicotine in my life anymore."

LiveWell coach Wendy knows what it is like to beat a craving and uses her own experiences as a smoker to help others. She decided to try quitting in a day with Allen Carr Easyway and just a few hours later she was a non-smoker. How Wendy quit in a single day

How you can beat the cravings

Did you know that you are five times more likely to stop smoking for good if you have stopped for 28 days? Stopping smoking isn’t easy. But using physical activity as a tool can really help you stay smokefree and keep your cravings at bay. 

Setting regular time aside for movement in your day is a great way to help, as withdrawal symptoms and cravings decrease during exercise, and up to 50 minutes after exercising. Physical activity can also help limit any weight gain that you may experience when you quit smoking. Here are some great tips to help stamp out those cravings: 

  • Try for 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. If you don't have 30 minutes, try 10 minutes of activity three times a day - it has the same benefits! 

  • Do activities you enjoy. Whether it's a light movement like walking, or moderate to vigorous activities like biking, swimming, dancing, or yoga. 

  • Make the most of doing housework and gardening, they are both physical activities which can benefit your health and wellbeing; playing music while you clean out your closets may help you step up the pace. 
  • Plan activities with family or friens that include physical activity, not only is it good for your wellbeing, but theirs too! 

  • Change your exercise routine or try a new activity from time to time so you are always staying motivated to keep active.

  • Replace your cigarette breaks with some gentle stretches whilst the kettle boils or walk up and down the stairs a few times until the cravings go. 
  • When you're at work and on a break, go for a walk with a colleague who doesn’t smoke, or walk to the kitchen and make a drink instead. Active Dorset has more ideas and support with Getting Active at Work.

Whatever your reason to stop smoking this October, there are lots of help and resources available to help you in your journey:

LiveWell Finder – Use our LiveWell Finder to search for activities, groups and meetings in your area to help you reach your goals. 

Active Dorset Activity Finder – Use Active Dorset's Activity Finder to find local clubs, activities, sessions, and venues. Supporting you to be more physically active on your stop smoking journey. 

NHS Better Health – This NHS Better Health site provides a wealth of free information and support resources, including the Quit Smoking mobile app, which allows you to get support and track your progress.

See our stop smoking FAQs below for more tips, information and advice. If you don't find the answer you're looking for, get in touch with our team and they will be more than happy to help you.
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How does this work?

The tailored approach LiveWell Dorset uses to come up with solutions to the things that are stopping us achieving our goals, is based upon work done by University College London developing the COM-B model of behaviour change. In this model, all behaviour is influenced by understanding a person’s capability to change, their opportunity to change and their motivation to change. By understanding which of these is the biggest barrier to change, we can tailor support accordingly. This model of behaviour change is at the centre of the support we offer, online and in person.

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