It’s not you…it’s them! Stoptober is helping you split up with smoking this October
Stoptober is back, encouraging smokers in England to ‘split up’ from smoking for 28 days, starting on 1 October.
Smokers who make it to 28 days smokefree are five times more likely to quit for good
Two thirds of Stoptober participants agree that the support of friends and family is important to their quit attempt. So, this year Stoptober will be calling on friends, family and colleagues to step up and support a smoker through their quit attempt this October.
Stoptober offers a range of free quitting support including: the Stoptober app, Facebook messenger bot, Stoptober Facebook online communities, daily emails and online Personal Quit Plan tool that helps smokers find a combination of stop smoking support that’s right for them, with options including face-to-face support, stop smoking aids and digital tools.
Remember – people who get expert support from local stop smoking services are three times as likely to quit successfully as those who try to quit using willpower alone. Stoptober has supported over 1.9 million people on their quit journey. Visit the Stoptober website now for a full range of free quitting support options.
GPs and pharmacists can also give advice and tips to help smokers quit, including what prescription medicines might be right for them
‘Quitting smoking at any time of life will greatly benefit your health. I encourage every smoker in Wiltshire to quit this Stoptober and join together with friends and family to motivate each other throughout this 28 day challenge. It’s never too late to quit.’
Dr Richard Sandford-Hill
The benefits of stopping smoking
Stopping smoking can significantly improve your lifestyle and health in ways you might not expect. Once you stop smoking, some of the benefits are immediate and some are longer term:
- In England there has been a 2.2% drop in adult smoking prevalence so far in 2019.
- 6. 6 out of 10 smokers say they want to quit.
- Smoking prevalence is falling particularly fast in 18-21-year olds, down to 15.2% from 18.6% in 2018.
- 4.6% of smokers have stopped smoking in the past 12 months.
- Smoking is the leading cause of preventable illness and premature death in England, accounting for approximately 79,000 deaths a year.
- The average price of a pack of 20 cigarettes in the UK is £10.77
- The average male smoker in the UK smokes 8.1 cigarettes a day and the average female smoker 7.8 cigarettes a day which works out as 243 cigarettes a month for men and 234 for women (based on 30 days in a month). For men, that’s £130.85 a month and £1,592 a year and for women, that’s £126 a month and £1,533 a year that could be saved by giving up smoking
- A 20-a-day smoker can save up to £75.39 a week, £323.10 a month and £3,931 a year by stopping smoking
- Over the last ten years the cost of tobacco has increased by 97%
- In Wiltshire 12.3% of adults smoke
- In 2016/17 1,184 per 100,000 of smokers in Wiltshire had successfully quit smoking.