South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is once again supporting Stoptober – which aims to encourage smokers across England and Wales to make a quit attempt during October. There are now one million fewer smokers in England than there were in 2014 and around 1,000 smokers quit every day on average, one every 80 seconds.
Stoptober has recently launched and is encouraging as many smokers as possible to prepare to quit from 1 October by signing up to the campaign and utilising a range of free resources and support available. Throughout October the campaign looks to continue to recruit smokers to take part, whilst also encourage and supporting quitters through the 28-day smoke –free journey which aims to encourage smokers across England and Wales to make a quit attempt during October. Stoptober has driven over one million quit attempts to date, with approximately 400,000 smokers quit successfully last year in England.
Stoptober launches in mid-September to encourage as many smokers as possible to prepare to quit from 1 October by signing up to the campaign and utilising a range of free resources and support available. Throughout October the campaign looks to continue to recruit smokers to take part, whilst also encouraging and supporting quitters through the 28-day smoke-free journey.
When the campaign officially begins the benefits associated with stopping smoking include:
Breathing more easily
Younger looking skin
Helps you to live longer
Gives you more energy
Saves you money
Dr Dave Baker, GP and Chair of NHS South West Lincolnshire said:
“Over 8 million people in England smoke and it remains the nation’s biggest killer, with half of long-term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking-related disease. Research shows that those who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smoke free and Stoptober’s ambition is to help smokers achieve this goal."
One in two long-term smokers die as a result of smoking, this is the single biggest cause of premature death taking more than 100,000 lives in the UK and costing the NHS up to £2.7 billion each year.
Stoptober is all about supporting and encouraging each other to quit and having a healthier lifestyle. Taking part in the challenge is a first step to a longer and healthier life so have a go, by stopping with Stoptober.
For more information and to join the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind more information can be found at: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/be-healthier/quit-smoking/