It has become an annual tradition; every October we stop smoking for four weeks. This works on the basis of positive thinking and support from your environment. With more than a quarter of a million participants, it seems to be a huge success. Does Stoptober really work or are there any reservations?

This is how Stoptober works

When everyone in your group of friends smokes, stopping yourself is much more difficult. By stopping as a group you can keep going longer. In addition to people, there is also an app to encourage you to keep going and not to light a new cigarette again. After 28 days you are up to five times more likely to quit because you would be rid of the withdrawal symptoms. AMC has determined from research that 70 percent of the participants are still smoke-free after three months.

This is not how it works.

There are also comments. In the first place, a period with an end date is a bit different, so that is not stopping but pausing. The 70 percent success rate after three months is encouraging, but relapse can take longer. What is the position after one year? Your environment and an app only tackle part of the total sum. The body not only wants nicotine, but also holding a cigarette and experiencing a smoking moment together are psychological elements that remain underexposed. For example, Stoptober does not want to take a position on fumes as an alternative. While it has been proven that A: e cigarettes are less harmful to health and B: many people report that their nicotine dependence with electric cigarettes has been reduced to as much as 0 percent.

Does Stoptober not work for you? There are other options such as nicotine patches, training courses, books and e-cigarettes that may offer a solution for you.