Revealed: How long you need to give up cigarettes to boost your
chances of going smoke-free for good

Research shows if you can go this distance it makes a real difference

Going the distance could boost your chances of staying smoke-free for good

Deep down smokers know the best decision they can make is to give up cigarettes.

Some may succeed on their own but many will struggle especially without the right support and help.

Although it’s a challenge, there are more options than ever before to help quit completely such as nicotine patches, gums and tablets. And there are also better alternatives than continuing to smoke like e-cigarettes and heated tobacco.

But research shows if you can reach a particular milestone your chances of STAYING smoke-free increase greatly.

According to Public Health England, if you can stop smoking cigarettes for four weeks you are five times more likely to go smoke-free for good.

Reaching that critical point can be quite a task – but that’s where a new campaign called Hold My Light can help.

What's behind Hold My Light?

In essence, it’s a mutual pledge between a smoker who commits to giving up their lighter for an initial 30 days and their supporters who want to offer a helping hand.

It’s been well documented that one-one support is a popular tool for giving up cigarettes. Those behind Hold My Light are confident that smokers with a little help from friends and family, could soon be on the path to a smoke-free future.

Hold My Light support from friends or colleagues could help you go smoke-free

As a supporter, all they have to do is to commit to making a small personal pledge for a month and be on hand to offer support and positive words of encouragement throughout the smoker’s journey.

Maybe the incentive could be tickets to the footie for a mate who has agreed to go smoke–free or treating a partner to a manicure as a well-deserved pick me up – quite frankly the more pledges offered the better!

After all, research reveals that someone that stops smoking cigarettes for four weeks are five times more likely to go smoke free for good.*

To register for the 30-day challenge, all you have to do is visit the Hold My Light website where you can stay on track, share and celebrate your progress on social media and even get more supporters along the way!

See what works for you…

*Public Health England, 2018.


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