Thursday, September 10, 2015
Is it time to Change the Great American Smokeout to Stoptober?
The Great American Smokeout is the third Thursday in November. It is a day that encourages smokers to try and stop smoking for just one day. It is hoped that if a person can quit for a day, they will continue on.
Most smokers can quit for one day but as soon as that one day is over, they often go back to the same number of cigarettes they have always smoked.
New Zealand is trying something different. This is the second year of Stoptober where smokers are encouraged to quit for just one month - October. Rather than focusing on the risks of smoking, the focus on the benefits of being smoke-free - which is the approach I take when I work with smokers. To be successful you have to find something more important than a cigarette. It could be saving money, better health, being a better role model for you children or the freedom you get when you don't always have to interrupt your life to go smoke a cigarette.
Maybe it's time for the U.S. to adopt Stoptober too! What do you think?