Stoptober – England’s mass 28 day stop smoking attempt – is back following its huge success last year which saw 160,000 people complete the challenge.
In Sussex, Kent and Surrey 19.1 per cent of adults still smoke and it remains the nation’s biggest killer with half of long-term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking disease.
The Public Health England campaign comes as new research shows the extra years of life that can be gained by giving up smoking and staying smoke free.
Someone who quits smoking for Stoptober and doesn’t smoke again, could gain an extra seven days of life, every 28 days, for the rest of their life.
A person stopping smoking for 28 days is five times more likely to stay smokefree and Stoptober’s ambition is to help smokers achieve this goal. Along with the health benefits, quitting saves the average smoker over £150 a month and almost £2,000 a year.
During last year’s Stoptober campaign, a staggering £25 million was saved by the 160,000 people from not buying cigarettes.
Professor Kevin Fenton, Public Health England’s Director of Health and Wellbeing said, “Campaigns such as Stoptober, along with the support provided by local stop smoking services, play a huge role in helping people to stop.
“Whilst smoking prevalence across the country as a whole is falling steadily, it remains high in some parts and is still the biggest cause of premature death with more than 80,000 deaths in England every year.
“We want every smoker to consider making a quit attempt this October and join the thousands of people who are feeling the benefits from stopping smoking last year.”
Stoptober 2013 starts on October 1 and runs for 28 days. For more information and to join the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, search ‘Stoptober’ online.