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:

20 minutes
  • Blood pressure returns to  normal
  • Pulse returns to normal
8 hours
  • Carbon monoxide levels in the blood halve
  • Oxygen levels in the blood return to normal
48 hours
  • Carbon monoxide is eliminated from the body
  • Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris
  • Ability to taste and smell is greatly improved
72 hours
  • Breathing becomes easier
  • Bronchial tubes begin to relax
  • Energy levels increase
2 - 12 weeks
  • Circulation improves
3 - 9 months
  • Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve, as lung function increases by up to 10%
1 year
  • Risk of heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker
10 years
  • Risk of death from lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker
15 years
  • Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked


  • 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.

Money saving

  • 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%

Wiltshire statistics

  • In Wiltshire 12.3% of adults smoke
  • In 2016/17 1,184 per 100,000 of smokers in Wiltshire had successfully quit smoking. 

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