Stoptober: Why there’s never been a better time to quit


The campaign for this year’s Stoptober has been widespread, returning for a fifth year in a bid to help the UK’s 7 million smokers to quit. A national initiative run by Public Health England, Stoptober not only aims to provide motivation and support for those looking to quit smoking, but offers resources and tried and tested tips to help get smokers to quit for good. They say that by quitting for 28 days, you’re more likely to quit for good, and with so many great resources dedicated to helping smokers, it seems there’s never been a better time to quit.


Why Stoptober?

The premise of Stoptober is simple: anyone who wishes to quit smoking should sign up to Stoptober and follow help and advice to give up for good. It’s free and helps thousands of smokers to quit each year, and you could be one of the ones who becomes smoke-free by November. There are a wide range of resources available from Stoptober to help you quit your way, including dedicated apps, newsletters and more to help you make it through. For those concerned about gaining weight whilst giving up smoking, the campaign has teamed up with Slimming World to help you manage your weight as you try to quit.


Smoking rates in England are at their lowest – why not join those who’ve quit?

An encouraging report by Public Health England has revealed that smoking rates are now at the lowest ever recorded, with 16.9% of adults describing themselves as smokers in 2015, compared to 19.3% in 2012. Some experts have suggested that the growing popularity of e-cigarettes could be one of the reasons behind the drop. With many people using e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking tobacco, nearly a fifth of the 2.5 million smokers who have tried to quit have been successful.

With so many people successfully quitting smoking, there’s no better time to join them – and there are plenty of ways you can get help to quit.


Quit smoking resources

Diseases and illnesses caused as a direct result of smoking have a detrimental effect on the NHS, with many cases being avoidable through giving up. The NHS therefore offers a wide range of resources to help smokers quit, ranging from medication and support to help with boosting your health once you’ve given up. Knowing that quitting isn’t a one-size-fits-all formula, there are a diverse range of options for those with different personalities and preferred ways of kicking the habit.

It can be difficult to quit alone, so if you do have friends or family who are also smokers, Stoptober could help you quit together, eliminating the pressure and temptation that comes from seeing those around you having a cigarette. Meanwhile, by documenting your efforts and making declarations on social media, you’re more likely to achieve your target because of added pressure by friends and family, and the feeling that you won’t want to let them down.

Giving up smoking may be difficult, but with more and more people giving up smoking successfully, now’s the perfect time to join them. Sign up to Stoptober and make positive changes to not only improve your health, but to aid the health of those around you, as well as our health services.