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Stoptober is back


Stoptober is a campaign run by Public Health England and is part of the One You health campaign that is held every October with the aim of helping people quit smoking.

Cancer research UK states tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the world, causing at least 16 different types of cancer. There is a vast number of health benefits to quitting smoking, and research has shown that if you can stop for 28 days, you are 5 times more likely to be able to give up smoking for good. There is also evidence that ‘social quitting’ i.e. deciding to quit with others, increases the chances of permanently quitting smoking. Stoptober aims to provide the support and resources to allow people to do this.

During Stoptober, there is free support on offer to help people quit including stop smoking medications, Facebook groups, an app and face to face support from local smoking services.

Since the launch of Stoptober in 2012, it has supported over 1.5 million quit attempts and is the largest mass quit smoking event in the UK.


​NHS Smokefree's top 3 reasons to quit


Feel healthier

There is no safe amount of cigarette smoke. When you smoke, the chemicals in tobacco reach your lungs quickly every time you inhale. Your blood carries the toxins to every organ in your body. But after you quit, your body begins to heal within 20 minutes of your last cigarette. The nicotine leaves your body within three days.

Find out more by visiting NHS Smokefree


Save Money

Smoking is expensive and you might be surprised at how it all adds up. On average, most people who quit save around £250 each month. That's nearly £3,000 a year going up in smoke. What else could you spend that money on?

Find out how much you could save by visiting NHS Smokefree today


Protect your family from second hand smoke

When you quit, you’ll also protect your loved ones from dangerous secondhand smoke. You’ll set a good example and show your family that a life without cigarettes is possible.

Find out more about the dangers of secondhand smoke from Smokefree.Gov.


Quit Now

If you are interested in finding out more about Stoptober and the resources on hand to help you quit, you can visit the Stoptober website to access further information.

To quit smoking now and receive your free personal quit plan you can visit the website at by clicking here.

You can also download the app to track your progress as well as viewing how much you’re saving and how to get daily support wherever you are. Click here to visit the Healthy Living page of our app library.


Information in this article has been resourced from NHS Smokefree, Smokefree.gov and NHSUK OneYou

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