National No Smoking Day – 9th March 2022
Today is National No Smoking Day – the annual awareness day which aims to encourage people to quit smoking once and for all.
Although the number of smokers is steadily falling, smoking is still by far the biggest cause of preventable death in the UK with a whopping 78,000 people losing their life as a result of smoking-related illness here every single year.
National No Smoking Day was set up to inspire people to reach out to their friends or loved ones to encourage them to give up their deadly habit and every year there’s a different theme for the campaign. This year the theme is ‘Quit Your Way’.
As most smokers are aware, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to quitting smoking, so this year’s theme aims to improve quit success rates by encouraging people to give up using a tailored strategy that works for them.
Support for this can be found on the NHS’ website here.
History of National No Smoking Day
Although it was later adopted by the UK, National No Smoking Day originally began in Ireland back in 1984.
The awareness day was actually the idea of the ruling clergy at the time who thought it’d be a great idea for smokers to give up smoking for lent, so interestingly the original date was the appropriately-named Ash Wednesday, which seems like an ideal day to stub out your very last cigarette!
The date was later changed to the second Wednesday of March to ensure it fell around the same time every year and it later caught on in the UK with the NHS now promoting the campaign in an effort to reduce the number of people affected by smoking-related illness.
How Can I Give Up Smoking for Good?
Despite the fact that more and more people are finding the strength to finally kick cigarettes to the curb, quitting smoking is far from easy. It can be stressful and at times you might feel like giving in so if you’re going to succeed then you’ll certainly need some willpower.
For many, willpower isn’t quite enough and they need a nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) product to help them deal with the nicotine withdrawals. This need for a nicotine substitute is particularly common among those who have been smoking for a number of years as the sudden removal of this chemical can prove to be quite a shock to the system, impacting everything from mood, appetite and even our ability to sleep.
If you’re struggling to go cold turkey, as many smokers do, and you’re in search of an NRT that’s not only a great source of nicotine but is also far less harmful than smoking, then vaping is a great option.
In fact, not only is vaping at least 95% safer than smoking, but numerous studies have shown that e-cigarettes are by far the most effective stop-smoking aid with vapers having double the success compared to those using other NRTs.
Tips for Using a Vape as a Stop-Smoking Aid
If you’re feeling inspired this No Smoking Day and you’re considering making the switch from smoking to vaping, here are some tips that’ll help to ensure your transition is a successful one:
- When you first start off, consider switching between smoking and vaping and gradually reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke while simultaneously increasing the amount you vape until you’ve eventually weaned yourself completely off tobacco products.
- If you liked menthol cigarettes in the past, it may be a good idea to pick up a menthol flavoured E-liquid.
- Don’t beat yourself up if you slip up every now and then. Quitting smoking can be a long and difficult process for many. Relapses are common, but as long as you don’t give up straight away your cravings should subside soon enough.
- Start with a high strength e-liquid. We’d recommend around 10mg for casual smokers and 18-20mg if you’re a heavy smoker.
- Reduce the amount of nicotine in your e-liquid over time. We’d recommend dropping the nicotine strength by 3-6mg every couple of months.
- Eventually you’ll drop right down to 0mg nicotine and the chemical cravings will be gone, so for many it’s time to put down your vape.
- Given the hundreds of delicious flavours to choose from, some people continue to vape 0mg nicotine for pleasure. Most though will start to forget about their vape as they’re no longer addicted to nicotine.
New to vaping? Then you may be in the dark about which vape device to go for. Afterall, with so many to choose from, things can seem a bit confusing if you’re taking a look for the very first time. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of choice on offer, fear not as we offer a range of excellent starter kits that are designed with beginners in mind.
Arguably the best starter kit on the market and the one we’d always recommend is the Innokin Endura T18II. Innokin truly are the kings of starter kits, and their devices are both user-friendly and super-affordable, making them a great option for anyone just getting started.
If you decide you’re ready to give vaping a go, we also offer a number of guides to help make things easy for beginners. For some general information you should check out our Getting Started guide, which details everything you need to know to help you begin your vaping journey; or alternatively, if you’re wondering which vape juice to use with your kit, then take a look at our E Liquid Guide.