So i've been wanting to give up smoking for a little while now, not just for myself but for everyone in my family who keeps banging on at me to stop all the time. I thought now would be a good time to 'start stopping' due to the NHS starting their Stoptober campaign - an initiative designed to help people quit smoking during the month of October in case you hadn't already guessed.
It officially started on 1st October but I only found out about it on Saturday by chance as I don't watch much TV or read magazines so hadn't seen any adverts for it before. I decided to wait until after my Mum's birthday had passed on Monday before I started trying to quit as I didn't want to be grumpy for her special day (she also smokes and as i'm living with her at the moment it makes giving up that little bit harder).
Unfortunately the NHS are only offering Stoptober packs to people living in England, despite it being a national campaign, which is kind of annoying and the free app I downloaded for it doesn't work, which is even more annoying - so i'm just really using the term Stoptober because it's catchy, not because i'm actually officially taking part in it.
My question is though - do I go cold turkey or do I gradually wean myself off the cigarettes hopefully making completely quitting eventually easier? I first started smoking about 3 years ago, just socially at first but it soon became an every day habit, I currently smoke about 8 to 12 cigarettes a day on average, so i'm not classed as a long term or heavy smoker. Based on this what do you think I should do? (I haven't had a cigarette since about midnight, so it's been about 20 hours or so now and I won't be able to get any more until at least 7am tomorrow).
Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated!