Stoptober was launched in 2012 and is a 28 day stop smoking challenge set by the public health England which aims to encourage and support smokers across England towards quitting the habit long term.
Can you really quit smoking by taking part in Stoptober?
It is based on research that shows that if you can stop smoking for 28 days then you are five times more likely to stay smoke free for good.
National statistics on smoking in England from NHS report 2019:
- 489,300 hospital admissions attributable to smoking during 2017/2018, this is an increase of 1% on the previous year and represents 4% of all hospital admissions
- 77,800 deaths attributable to smoking in 2017, this was a similar proportion to the previous year and represents 16% of all deaths
- 14.4% of adults are classified as current smokers in 2018 which was down from 14.9% in 2017
Benefits of quitting smoking:
- Decreases heart risks, as smoking is the leading cause for heart attacks and heart diseases.
- Can lower your cholesterol by slowing the build-up of new fatty deposits in your arteries
- Stop further lung damage
- Lower cancer risk
- Reduce belly fat and lower your risk of diabetes
- Help improve blood flow to wounds, allowing nutrients, minerals and oxygen to reach the wound and help it heal properly
- Build a stronger immune system
- Build stronger muscles and bones
- Save money, if you smoke a packet a day, you could save around £250 each month
- Will help protect your loved some from harmful second-hand smoke, reducing their risk of developing asthma, meningitis and some cancers