Stoptober is a Public Health England Campaign and part of the One You health campaign that is held every October with the aim of helping people quit smoking.
According to Cancer Research UK, tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the world, causing at least sixteen different types of cancer. There are a vast number of health benefits to quitting smoking, and research has shown that if you can stop for 28 days, you are five times more likely to be able to give up smoking for good. There is also evidence that ‘social quitting’ i.e dividing to quit with others, increases the chances of permanently quitting smoking. Stoptober aims to provide the support and resources to allow people to do this.
Stoptober 2018 - National Awareness Days Events Calendar 2018 & 2019
During Stoptober, there is free support on offer to help people quit including stop smoking medications, Facebook groups, an app and face to face support from local stop smoking services. Since the launch of Stoptober in 2012, it has supported over one and a half million quit attempts and is the largest and most popular mass quit smoking event in the UK.
Those interested in finding out more about Stoptober and the resources on hand to help smokers quit can access further information via the Stoptober website www.nhs.co.uk/oneyou/stoptober