Fewer Smokers Joined the Stoptober Quitting Challenge This Year
This year, more than 215,000 smokers joined ‘Stoptober’, England’s 28-day mass-quitting challenge. This means there has been a significant drop in numbers since last year, when 250,000 people officially signed up to take part in the challenge.
Public Health England (PHE) says that the drop is due to falling smoking rates which have lowered the number of people in need of help quitting. In the last 30 years, the number of smokers in England has decreased by 37%.
Unfortunately, there are still 8 million people in England who smoke regularly – a habit which causes almost 80,000 deaths each year and costs the NHS £5.2billion each year.
PHE says the Stoptober challenge can play a key role in helping people quit smoking, as giving up cigarettes for a whole month leaves you 5 times more likely to stop for good.
If you would like to find out more, listen to Dr Chris talking about this subject on the video below.
“Congratulations to those who have made it 28 days smoke-free this Stoptober: your body will already be feeling the benefits and I urge you to remain strong and stop for good,” says Professor Dame Sally Davies, England’s chief medical officer. “One in 2 smokers will die as a result of smoking. Stopping is one of the best things you can do for your health, so for those who didn’t manage to make it all the way, I encourage you to try again; please go see your GP or local stop smoking service for health.”
Stoptober may have ended, but there is always plenty of free advice and assistance available for those of you who would like to quit smoking. Don’t wait until next Stoptober to try and kick the habit and improve your health!