Will you stop this October?

Of course you can - it's Stoptober!

Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking campaign from Public Health England, will be back in October 2019.

Stoptober has driven over one million quit attempts to date and is the biggest mass quit attempt in the country. It is based on research that shows that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to stay smoke-free for good.

Stoptober offers a range of free support to help people on their quitting journey including an app, daily emails, Facebook Messenger and lots of encouragement from the Stoptober online community on Facebook. In addition, people can get expert face-to-face advice from local stop smoking services. Those who use stop smoking aids and who get face-to-face support from their local stop smoking service are up to four times more likely to quit successfully.

Remember all the reasons why you're quitting:

  • Feeling great
  • Reduced health risks
  • Extra money in your pocket - use the cost calculator!
  • Improved breathing and general fitness
  • Fresher breath
  • An improved sense of smell and taste
  • Less stress and anxiety
  • Cleaner lungs and a stronger heart
  • Protecting your family from second hand smoke.

What happens when you quit?

  • After 20 minutes: Pulse rate returns to normal.
  • After 8 hours: Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by more than half and oxygen levels return to normal.
  • After 48 hours: Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.
  • After 48 hours: There is no nicotine in the body. Ability to taste and smell is improved.
  • After 72 hours: Breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.
  • After 2-12 weeks: Your circulation improves.
  • After 3-9 months: Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%.
  • After 1 year: Risk of heart disease is about half compared with a person who is still smoking.
  • After 10 years: Risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker.
  • After 15 years: Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.

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