Launched in 2012, Stoptober has since helped almost one million people across England to give up smoking, with thousands more likely to take part in this year’s campaign.
Dr Stephen Baird, GP at Hawthorn Medical Practice in Skegness, said: “There are plenty of ways for people and their partners to get involved in Stoptober,
“Stoptober is a 28 day campaign because insight shows that if you can stop smoking for 28 days, you are five times more likely to quit for good.”
Stoptober aims to encourage as many smokers as possible to quit from October 1, by signing up to the campaign and using the range of free resources and support available. Stoptober will try and recruit smokers throughout October to take part, encouraging and supporting them through a 28 day journey to quit.
Dr Baird added: “The benefits associated with stopping smoking include breathing more easily, younger looking skin, living longer, more energy and helping to save money.
“More than eight million people in England smoke and it remains the nation’s biggest killer; half of long-term smokers die prematurely from a smoking-related disease and smoking is the biggest cause of premature death in the UK, costing the NHS up to £2.7 billion every year.”
• For more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree