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Fastest drop in smoking in a decade as Stoptober launches

Fastest drop in smoking in a decade as Stoptober launches
07 October 2019

We've backed the Stoptober campaign that helps smokers split up from their relationship with smoking.

We're urging smokers to follow Stoptober and end a bad relationship by splitting up with smoking for 28 days from 1st October.

The latest data from the University College London (UCL) Smoking Toolkit Study suggests a 2.2 per cent drop in adult smoking prevalence so far in 2019. Public Health England is encouraging England’s remaining smokers to join in with the nation’s biggest quit attempt and is providing them with the information and support they need to split up with smoking now.

People who get expert support from local stop-smoking services are three times as likely to quit successfully as those who try to quit unaided. The best way to quit is with expert face-to-face help from local stop-smoking services together with stop-smoking aids. In 2018-19, 52 per cent of smokers who got this support managed to quit.

Dr Andrew Wilson, a clinical chair with the Cheshire CCGs, said: “If you are a smoker, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you. Whether you’ve tried to quit before, or this is the first time, Stoptober is encouraging you to become part of the movement and join thousands of people who are splitting up with smoking this October. If you make it to 28 days, you’re five times more likely to stay smoke free.”

There are many benefits of quitting, some of which are instant while others take longer. Some instant benefits start just 20 minutes after your last cigarette with your blood pressure and pulse rate returning to normal while, after a year, your risk of a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.

There are not only health benefits but also money saving benefits. If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day you could save up to £75.39 a week, £323.10 a month and £3,931 a year by stopping smoking (based on an average packet of cigarettes costing £10.77).

Just search Stoptober online to find a range of free quitting support including the Stoptober app, Facebook messenger bot, daily emails and Stoptober online communities.